Quarterly Reports

Our in-house quarterly PRS research provides an invaluable snapshot of the views of housing supply entrepreneurs on key topics: Read our reports to find out about landlord opinion in England & Wales. Coming soon will be our Landlords Confidence Index – the key decisions landlords are taking and their motivations for taking them – tracked over time.

State of the PRS – 2019, Quarter 2

This 'State of the PRS' survey focuses on the experiences of landlords at a time when they face increasing regulation and are also feeling the effects of the recent tenant fees legislation. Over 2,700 responses were collected. The results of the survey also feeds into our Landlords' Confidence Index - see the Observatory page for more information.

Occasional Reports

The RLA publish research on topics of interest to members and to evidence our lobbying. We also commission bespoke research from leading edge authors and universities to provide the very latest knowledge in the PRS sector. Here you will find our Section 21 research – the largest ever non-Government survey of the PRS supply-side.

Rent Controls & the PRS: An Analysis

This RLA report documents the experience of cities which have been subject to some form of rent control.  The paper highlights the inescapable truth that rent controls simply do not work. It does not matter whether or not a city has rent controls - a lack of new social housing and flat real wage growth help explain rising housing costs.

Blog posts

Housing experts from the PRS, academia and government join with the RLA team to give their thoughts and identify good practice and trends in the rental sector. Accompanying our new look Observatory are occasional blog posts providing more in depth analysis of key data trends


This is the first full edition of the RLA's Landlord Confidence Index (LCI). The LCI provides a snapshot of the actions and likely future response of landlords to the current market environment. The LCI is drawn from a national (England & Wales) survey of around 2,000 landlords.

The home for research

PEARL, the RLA’s research lab, was set up to provide high-quality research and analysis on the economic, social and political issues facing the private rented sector.

The RLA believes in the importance of policymakers considering the evidence and the potential consequences in their decision-making. Through PEARL, we provide the expertise, evidence and research, to enable evidence led policy making in the private rented sector.

Our ultimate aim is to influence decision makers to translate our research findings into an improve renting experience. Enabling landlords to do the right thing – for their businesses, their tenants, and the industry as a whole.

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