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About us

L&Q is a regulated charitable housing association and one of the UK’s most successful independent social businesses. The L&Q Group houses around 250,000 people in more than 100,000 homes, primarily across London and the South East.

Everything we do begins with social purpose. Our roots go back to the ‘new wave’ of housing associations created in the 1960’s, born out of a growing social consciousness around housing and homelessness. We set out to provide quality, affordable homes for the most vulnerable in society and it is that same fundamental mission that drives us today.

L&Q’s vision is that everyone has a quality home they can afford, and we combine our social purpose with commercial drive to create homes and neighbourhoods everyone can be proud of.

Our core tenure is social rented housing. On average, our residents living in these homes pay less than 50% of market rents, making them genuinely affordable for people on lower incomes. We are absolutely committed to preserving social housing and building more of it.

We focus on the needs of our existing social housing residents by investing in their homes, local communities and services. We also create high quality homes for private rent, shared ownership and outright sale.

In response to the housing and affordability crisis, we will enable the building of 100,000 new homes over the coming years. Crucially, at least 50% of these new homes will be social housing, with a target of 60% in London.

As a charitable organisation, our role goes beyond providing homes and housing services. We are a long-term partner in the neighbourhoods where we work. We hope to build aspiration, opportunity and confidence in our communities through our £250 million L&Q Foundation and our skills academy. Our care and support subsidiary, L&Q Living, also offers housing and other assistance to meet the evolving needs of older and vulnerable people in our society.

Highlights 2019/20


Our purpose

Our social purpose is at the core of what we do

As a regulated charitable housing association, all the money we make is reinvested into new and existing homes, creating successful communities and providing services for our residents. This makes us one of the UK’s most successful independent social businesses.

Everything we do begins with social purpose. Our roots go back to the ‘new wave’ of housing associations created in the 1960s, born out of a growing social consciousness around housing and homelessness.

In October 1963, the combined dream of 32 young professionals to end homelessness, and a total investment of £64, created the multibillion social business we are today. We set out to provide quality, affordable homes for the most vulnerable in society and it is that same fundamental mission that drives us today.

Our history

We've been dedicated to delivering quality homes and services for nearly 60 years.

We focus on the needs of our existing social housing residents by investing in their homes, local communities and services. We also create quality homes to suit a whole range of aspirations, incomes and stages of life, for private rent, shared ownership and outright sale. 

The health and safety of our residents is our number one priority and we’re proud to be an influential part of the Government’s Early Adopters Group, spearheading a vision to create an industry that puts people’s safety first.

We’re also a major residential and mixed-use developer and committed to working with like-minded partners to help solve the housing crisis. For us, this means playing a vital role to build 100,000 much needed new homes. Of these, 60,000 homes will be built or funded by us, whilst a further 40,000 will come through partnerships. Crucially, at least 50% of these new homes will be genuinely affordable, with a target of 60% in London.

50%of the 100,000 new homes will be genuinely affordable

As a charitable organisation, our role goes beyond providing homes and housing services. We are a long-term partner in the neighbourhoods where we work. We build aspiration, opportunity and confidence in our communities through our £250 million L&Q Foundation and our skills academy. We believe everyone should have the same chances in life no matter where they live.

Our care and support subsidiary, L&Q Living, also offers housing and other assistance to meet the evolving needs of older and vulnerable people in our society.

Find out more about the history of L&Q here.