Category: RLA blog

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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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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