Shelter - recently concentrating on attacking landlords for the qualities of their homes and letting agents for the size of their fees - has shifted its criticism towards the government for a predicted shortfall in its house building targets.
In online publication The Independent, the campaigning charity says the government will miss its target commitment to build one million homes by 2020 by more than a quarter unless radical reform takes place.
Forecasting consultancy Capital Economics, commissioned by Shelter, predicts the government would not meet its target under its current plans; instead, an eight per cent drop in house building is likely in the next year with the situation exacerbated by Brexit.
“Our housing shortage means millions of people are having to put their lives on hold –stuck in a cycle of sky high rents and instability” writes Roger Harding, director of communications at Shelter.
The charity now want the government to urgently support the buy-to-rent sector and to give public bodies the powers to commission small companies to build houses.