This survey looks at the experiences of landlords who let property to tenants who claim Universal Credit (UC). It shows that the experience of landlords in navigating the UC system remains problematic. The system, and not the client, is often the cause of rent arrears. The impact being that landlords become reluctant to let to tenants who require UC to meet their rent obligations. There is support among landlords for Guaranteed Rent Schemes, but more needs to be done to demonstrate competent property and tenant management.
The final State of the PRS report for 2019 looks at the investment landlords have made to meet the needs and expectations of their tenants. The survey also investigates attitudes to Good Landlord schemes and Property MOTs as a lighter-touch alternative to licensing. Finally, flooding dominated the news at the end of 2019. This report examines the issue of flooding in the PRS.
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.
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.
This State of the PRS report focuses on the rollout of Universal Credit and the difficulties the roll-out has created for landlords. The research, conducted by Edge Hill University makes a number of recommendations for government.
The quarterly landlords’ survey undertaken in December 2018 and January 2019, published in February 2019 focused on Finance & Investment. Those who completed the survey on-line were asked their views on a series of topics. Over 2,400 responses from across the PRS were collected.
Private landlords are now playing a vital role in providing housing to those on low-incomes and the homeless. Recently, there have been many policy changes that affect the most vulnerable in society and their ability to access a safe and secure home in the PRS.
The energy efficiency standards of the private rented sector have come under greater scrutiny over the past three years, with new regulations coming into force in April 2018. This means that no property can be let for a new tenancy if it is below an E EPC rating. This report builds upon our previous quarterly reports on the private rented sector and provides the opportunity for a deeper understanding of the issues facing private landlords, tenants and the wider sector.
The past two decades have seen the rapid development and growth of the private rented sector in the UK. Between 2001/02 and 2011/12 the sector has doubled in size and now accounts for 20% of households in England (MCHLG, 2018). The Government are implementing major changes to the taxation of the private rented sector, including changes to mortgage interest relief. This report builds upon previous research into the experiences of landlords and their attitudes toward the future.
This report provides research findings that help us to make sense of the impact of policy changes on the PRS.