New RLA Research Lab Launched

New RLA Research Lab Launched

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Evidence based policy towards the private rented sector takes a step forward today with the launch of the Residential Landlords Association‘s Private renting Evidence, Analysis & Research Lab (PEARL).

With 4.5 million households now in the private rented sector, the RLA’s Research Lab will ensure policy is grounded in clear evidence and that the implications of decisions taken by government and local authorities  affecting the sector are clearly understood.

The RLA’s PEARL will be a key site for factual information on issues such as rents and trends in the housing tenure, along with research undertaken by the RLA, academics and other key players in the market.

It will be run by the RLA’s Senior Researcher, Tom Simcock, whose previous research on the sector has been quoted in debates in the House of Commons and the House of Lords as well as by the Mayor of London.

RLA Chairman, Alan Ward, said:

“As it has grown hugely in importance over the last few years, there has been a dearth of quality data about the private rented sector.

“Policy and assertions about the sector have been based on guestimates, instinct and sometimes ill-informed prejudice.

“Our Research Lab will change this. It will collect accurate data and show clearly the facts that underpin the sector to ensure that future policy is based on sound evidence and what works for both tenants and good landlords.“

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The Residential Landlords Association’s (RLA) Private renting Evidence, Analysis & Research Lab (PEARL) is a research-based policy exchange for the private rented sector. We provide analysis and research on the economic, social, and political issues facing the private rented sector (PRS). Through this the RLA aims to inform, develop and promote policies that help to make renting better for all. We provide high-quality research and through our reports, briefings, and events, the RLA’s PEARL provides the opportunity for evidence led policy making in the PRS. The RLA aims to make an important contribution to the policies that affect the PRS. We believe it is important that policy makers consider the evidence and the potential consequences in their decision making. We seek to influence decision makers in order to translate our research findings into an improved renting experience for landlords and tenants.