Author: Dr. Ben Pattison

Access to homes for under-35’s: The impact of Welfare Reform on Private Renting

The recent Housing White paper highlights the extent to which policymakers are increasingly looking to the private rented sector to accommodate younger households. At the same time a number of regulatory and taxation changes are influencing the operating environment for private landlords. This report outlines the findings from a survey of landlords and lettings agents, exploring their experiences with, and perceptions of letting to under-35 year olds. A total of 1,996 responses were received and analysed. The vast majority of respondents were happy to let to all or some under-35s. This group were a major source of demand. However,...

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Access to homes for under-35’s: The impact of Welfare Reform on Private Renting

As the dust settles after the general election there is a clear need for policy and practical solutions that have cross-party support. Private renting is an area which needs urgent attention. The Housing White paper published in January demonstrates that policymakers are increasingly looking to the private rented sector to accommodate younger households; half of younger households are private renters.[1] At the same time Welfare Reforms and taxation changes are changing the financial situation of private landlords. The Residential Landlords Association and ourselves at Sheffield Hallam University conducted a survey of two thousand landlords to investigate these changes. Our...

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