Housing Strategies

We are the strategic housing authority for the city and, with over 7,500 homes, a major landlord. We use our powers to improve the quality of both housing conditions and management in the private rented sector.


Oxford remains one of the least affordable areas of the country for buying housing. House prices have been increasing at a higher rate than earnings for a number of years.

Demand for housing in Oxford continues to grow, with over 3,300 households on the Housing Register for affordable housing. There are low levels of owner occupied housing and high levels of property rented from private landlords compared to the national picture.

Demand is high for private rented property and rents are increasing. A large population of students places additional pressures on housing supply.

Housing conditions within the Council's own homes continue to improve with the Oxford Standard homes improvement scheme and the tower blocks refurbishment for example.

As a service provider accountable to the public, the Council has a responsibility to ensure housing services are high quality, cost effective and efficient.

Draft Housing & Homelessness Strategy 2018-21 Consultation

Our consultation has now closed. The consultation period ran between 21 September and 3 November 2017 and involved an online consultation and two drop-in sessions:

  • Templars Square Shopping Centre, Oxford, Thursday 12 October 2017, 1pm-4pm
  • Town Hall, St Aldate's, Oxford, Thursday 19 October 2017, 9am-1pm

More information

Housing Strategy

Homelessness Strategy

Tenancy Strategy and Policy Statement

Review of Older Persons Accommodation