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Social housing is an asset-intensive business, and the value of these assets globally runs into trillions of dollars. Although knowledge about social housing asset management practices is limited the evidence suggests assets may not be effectively managed. In social housing research asset management at the strategic level has been conceptualized but how strategy relates to tactics and operations has not attracted attention although the need for this to occur has been identified.
This article provides a guide for social housing asset management as a comprehensive, integrated system, drawn from the relatively new field of Asset Management, filling a significant knowledge gap. The work draws on a collaboration between academics and industry stakeholders to develop a specialist asset management manual for social housing organizations.