Author: Nick Clay

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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This is a full draft version of the forthcoming Landlords’ Confidence Index (LCI). It aims to provide a snapshot of Landlord confidence. It is being produced at a time when landlords face pressure from governments. Tax changes, regulation change and the threat of adverse legal reforms are now threatening the supply of homes in the Private rented Sector.

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