RLA Staff and external guest blog posts

LANDLORD CONFIDENCE INDEX (LCI) NO.3: 2019 Q3

This is the first full edition of the RLA's Landlord Confidence Index (LCI). The LCI provides a snapshot of the actions and likely future response of landlords to the current market environment. The LCI is drawn from a national (England & Wales) survey of around 2,000 landlords.

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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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Capital Gains Tax & the PRS – negative impacts on the property market

Research from the RLA reports on the impact of Capital Gains Tax. CGT traps landlords into holding property longer than planned, the tax and, in doing so, holds back a functioning property market. The tax reduces property investment as well as the volume of properties available to purchase.

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LANDLORD CONFIDENCE INDEX (LCI) NO.2: 2019 Q2

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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Universal Credit and Landlords – some solutions for persistent roll-out problems

The 2019 Q1 State of the PRS report focuses on the roll-out of Universal Credit and the imapct it has had on landlords. The majority of landlords report that Universal Credit claimants do go into arrears, despite claims to the contrary.

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Section 21: Your Views, Your Research

The RLA's Policy Manager John Stewart reports on what the RLA has been doing to protect members' rights in the face of government proposals to abolish Section 21. In this article John thanks members for taking time out to respond to surveys and providing the evidence base upon which our campaigning is based.

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Tribunal on Trial: 18 months of the Scottish Housing & Property Chamber

On 1 December 2017 the First-tier Tribunal for Scotland Housing and Property Chamber took over from the sheriff court in dealing with all private rented sector (PRS) disputes. This in effect created a Housing Court. This paper considers how the new system has fared north of the border.

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