What is the Retirement Housing Group?

The Retirement Housing Group (RHG) is a membership organisation which works to encourage the development of good quality retirement housing. We make the case for a choice of housing for older people by:

  • Researching and demonstrating demand
  • Alerting local authorities to the level of need in their area
  • Engaging with central and local Government to show how barriers to development can be overcome
  • Advising on how planning policies can meet the housing needs of older people.

We have members from all aspects of retirement housing. This means we cover the full range of issues from planning, building, designing, managing to providing advice on housing for both sale and rent for people who are retired or approaching retirement.

Ex officio members include the Elderly Accommodation Council, the leading provider of independent advice and information on choosing retirement housing.

Annual Report

Our latest annual report is available to download

What does RHG do?

RHG works nationally and locally to raise the profile of retirement housing. We tackle barriers to increasing the supply, range and quality of accommodation for older people. By bringing issues and solutions  to the opinion formers, we are able to influence policies on planning, housing, and the economy.

RHG has led the way on producing guidance, advice and toolkits.

Who is RHG for?

Membership is open to all private and public sector bodies right across the retirement property industry. All of our members are focused on improving the supply and quality of retirement housing, both for sale and rent. Many members are also involved in planning, developing, building, designing and managing accommodation as well as providing advice for older people.

If you would like to know more about any of them, please click here.

Recent work by RHG

The RHG Needs Assessment Model

The RHG Needs Assessment Model estimates demand for specialist retirement housing. It is based on tenure and how likely people are to move. The Inquiry into the Further Amendments to the London Plan has recognised our model as robust. Our consultants are also working with other councils to understand the level of need locally and how it may be met.


During the last year RHG focussed on quality of and access to a high standard of specialist retirement housing that meets the variety of needs of our aging population. We campaigned for increased and better provision of specialist retirement housing by

  • maintaining dialogue with central government through direct communication on key issues
  • responding to the many recent government consultations including those on National Planning Policy Framework, leasehold tenure, ground rents, Right to Manage, commonhold
  • contributing to HAPPI 4 which was released on 30th April and to which RHG was the only sector group asked to give evidence to the investigation
  • producing a literature/statistic review on how specialist retirement housing can relieve pressure on the NHS
  • working with both MHCLG and the Law Commission make sure event fees are fair to future purchasers of retirement housing , including setting out the mechanisms for how this can happen.

We have also been working with the Law Commission and UK Finance (formerly Council Mortgage Lenders) to enable more people to buy retirement housing with confidence. We have explained to them how our businesses work to help them understand how rules and regulations could be improved. “Specialist housing has major benefits and is a crucial part of preparing for demographic changes. It is important that developers are given adequate and reliable income streams which encourage them to build … pricing structures must be transparent to buyers” (Law Commission) 

Our History

The supply of sheltered housing increased rapidly during the 1980s. There were concerns about the quality of the design and management of some of these homes. Consequently, the Sheltered Housing Working Party, the forerunner of the RHG, was set up. It tackled these concerns by producing guidance and codes of practice. This working party went on to become the RHG in 1995, at first under the umbrella of the House Builders’ Federation.

Since we became independent in 2011 we have concentrated on sharing our insight into planning issues that affect all types of retirement housing. Working with industry and public bodies we can provide more retirement housing and a better quality of life for residents.