There has been a recent flurry of announcements on stimulating housing and economic growth. This has brought focus on private rental as an important element of the UK housing market. In August Sir Adrian Montague published his government commissioned report on the barriers to institutional investment in private rented homes. On 6 September the government announced a range of measures on housing and growth, which partly address Sir Adrian’s recommendations. While the official response to the Montague report is expected this autumn, the announcement of 6 September gives an early insight into government’s thinking and the steps that it will be taking.