Category: Research reports

State of the PRS – 2019, Quarter 4

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.

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From ideas to reality: longer term tenancies and rent stabilisation

The traditional view that the PRS should be a suitable home mainly for younger and mobile households is out of date.
The duration of tenancies in the PRS is growing across age groups. So too is the profile of landlords.
Research by the LSE looks at how these factors highlight the inadequacies of the current landlord-tenant relationship. There is an argument for reform, but only when backed up by proper enforcement.

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State of the PRS – 2019, Quarter 3

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.

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The RLA, in association with the Scottish Association of Landlords (SAL), conducted research in Autumn 2019 focusing on the nation’s recent Private Rented Sector (PRS) reforms. A survey asked Scottish landlords – and letting agents – their views on the reforms.
The new system was given a cautious welcome: the on-line support for new tenancies was notably well received. However concerns about the changes to a landlord’s right to regain possession continue.

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Rent Controls & the PRS: An Analysis

This RLA report documents the experience of cities which have been subject to some form of rent control. 
The paper highlights the inescapable truth that rent controls simply do not work.
It does not matter whether or not a city has rent controls – a lack of new social housing and flat real wage growth help explain rising housing costs.

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State of the PRS – 2019, Quarter 2

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.

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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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Possession Reform in the PRS: Section 21

Section 21 has provided an important assurance to landlords that they can regain possession of their property in legitimate circumstances.
In response to proposed reform, the RLA launched what has become the largest ever non-government survey of the PRS to establish what Section 21 means to landlords, agents and those supporting the supply of private rented properties. 

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