Author: Nick Clay

Buy-to-Let figures highlight nervous mood among landlord-entrepreneurs

This post presents Bank of England data on the volume of residential loans to individuals. It provides an overview of overall volumes and the proportion of advances issued in the Buy-To-Let (BTL) market.
The 2019 Quarter 3 data – published before Christmas – reflect RLA PEARL’s caution on the outlook for the PRS and investment in BTL.

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From ideas to reality: longer term tenancies and rent stabilisation

The traditional view that the PRS should be a suitable home mainly for younger and mobile households is out of date.
The duration of tenancies in the PRS is growing across age groups. So too is the profile of landlords.
Research by the LSE looks at how these factors highlight the inadequacies of the current landlord-tenant relationship. There is an argument for reform, but only when backed up by proper enforcement.

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State of the PRS – 2019, Quarter 3

In September 2019, the RLA launched its third quarterly survey of the year. This survey looked at issues related to tax, finance & the wider supply side of the Private Rented Sector (PRS).
With the survey being launched at a time when a General Election was becoming a stronger possibility, the survey also asked landlords to comment on potential policy issues including “Right to Buy” and the promotion of energy efficiency measures.

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Landlords shine brightly…but energy efficiently

This deep dive into the 2019 Quarter 3 survey reflects on the landlord community’s investment in pushing up the energy efficiency of their properties.
With much more needed to be done, there is a clear case for a mechanism to bring forward investment and move energy efficiency in the PRS still closer to wider government objectives.

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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.

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Rent controls – evidence says “no”

Across Western Europe and North America there is continued interest in applying rent controls in the Private Rented Sector (PRS). The RLA has looked at the experience of rent controls in Europe and the USA. Rent control policies where they exist have not slowed down rent growth – indeed the opposite may be true.

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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.

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