Benefit Changes Drive Increase in Homelessness from Rented Housing

Changes to the benefits system are behind the decade-long increase in homelessness from private rented housing, according to a new report published today. Research by the Policy Evaluation and Research Unit at Manchester Metropolitan University for the Residential Landlords Association has found that a key driver of homelessness from the private rented sector has been the introduction in 2008 of the Local Housing Allowance (LHA), as a way of calculating Housing Benefit payments for low-income households.

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Landlords call for greater ambition to improve energy efficiency of rented homes
Construction site of a new development in north Greenwich, London

Landlords call for greater ambition to improve energy efficiency of rented homes

Landlords with F or G rated properties are struggling to afford to bring their property up to at least an E rating. The report argues that tax reform would improve property conditions by allowing improvements to be tax deductible against income tax, rather than Capital Gains Tax.

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Research finds tax changes leading to private renting sell-off
Construction site of a new development in north Greenwich, London

Research finds tax changes leading to private renting sell-off

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RLA senior researcher nominated for top award

RLA senior researcher Dr Tom Simcock has been named one of the property industry’s rising stars, reaching the final of the British Property Federation’s (BPF) Tomorrow’s Leaders Awards. Since joining the Residential Landlords Association in 2016 Dr Simcock’s work has been hugely influential.

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Rented Housing Tax Hikes Hitting Young People

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How Fire Safety Standards are currently Set, Implemented, and Enforced in Residential Accommodation: The aftermath of Grenfell Tower

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Landlords turning to Airbnb in Cardiff as Tax Hikes Start to Hurt

More landlords in Cardiff are letting out their properties as short-term holiday lets, making them no longer available for long-term renting following UK Government tax changes. The RLA's research lab, PEARL, has found that the number of Airbnb listings have increased by a massive 259 per cent in Cardiff alone in comparison to last year.

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