Category: RLA blog

REPOSSESSION WAITING TIMES: TOO LONG TOO OFTEN

With Section 21 on the way out, a landlord’s only means for taking possession of property is through the Section 8 process.
This article details how waiting times for repossession have been too high over the last 10 years, showing no real signs of improvement.
Regionally a similar pattern emerges, progress is scattered and inconsistent.

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Landlords shine brightly…but energy efficiently

This deep dive into the 2019 Quarter 3 survey reflects on the landlord community’s investment in pushing up the energy efficiency of their properties.
With much more needed to be done, there is a clear case for a mechanism to bring forward investment and move energy efficiency in the PRS still closer to wider government objectives.

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Scottish tenancy reform: Some positives with more to follow?

The RLA teamed up with the Scottish Association of Landlords (SAL) to give landlords and letting agents in Scotland a chance to give their views on the recent tenancy and possession reforms introduced by Holyrood.
The system is new, there are concerns but there are clearly elements of the new system which are welcomed.
However there is still much to do before landlords would agree the new system could be considered “a success”.

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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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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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