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 – 2018, Quarter 4

The quarterly landlords’ survey undertaken in December 2018 and January 2019, published in February 2019 was open to both members of the RLA and the wider landlord community. This survey focused on Finance & Investment. Those who completed the survey on-line were asked their views on a series of topics. Over 2,400 responses were collected.

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.

Possession Reform in the PRS: Section 21

Section 21 has provided an important assurance to landlords that they can regain possession of their property in legitimate circumstances. In response to proposed reform, the RLA launched what has become the largest ever non-government survey of the PRS to establish what Section 21 means to landlords, agents and those supporting the supply of private rented properties. 

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

Tribunal on Trial: 18 months of the Scottish Housing & Property Chamber

On 1 December 2017 the First-tier Tribunal for Scotland Housing and Property Chamber took over from the sheriff court in dealing with all private rented sector (PRS) disputes. This in effect created a Housing Court. This paper considers how the new system has fared north of the border.

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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