Author: Dr Tom Simcock

The Postcode Lottery of Local Authority Enforcement in the Private Rented Sector

Everyone deserves a safe and secure home. Poor quality housing should not exist in a modern society. Our research has identified a postcode lottery of local authority enforcement, with enforcement activities differing right across England and Wales. 67% of Local Authorities did not commence a single prosecution in 2017/18.

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Longer Term Tenancies in the Private Rented Sector

This research explores the experiences and attitudes of private landlords to longer-term tenancies in the private rented sector (PRS). We focus on the current barriers to landlords offering longer tenancies and their thoughts on the UK Government’s proposed three-year tenancy model as detailed in the Government Consultation on the Barriers to Longer-Term Tenancies in the Private Rented Sector.

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Do we need to worry about the growth of short-term letting?

It has been a year since we launched the RLA PEARL, the RLA’s research lab. One of our most high-profile research projects has been our investigations into short-term lettings and the movement of properties from the long-term residential market to the short-term holiday market. As part of #PEARLweek, we review our research findings and explore if we need to worry about short-term lettings, read on to find out more.

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Tax Reform needed to Improve Private Renting Energy Efficiency

Our latest research has found that landlords with F or G rated properties are struggling to afford to bring their property up to at least an E rating. We argue 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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How have welfare reforms impacted the private rented sector? A review of our research & policy work

The PRS has grown significantly in size over the last twenty years and now plays a vital role in providing a home for those on low-incomes and the homeless. Recently, there have been a lot of policy changes that affect the most vulnerable in society and their ability to access a safe and secure home in the PRS. We review our research and activities to date and look to what the future could hold.

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