Category: Research reports

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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The Postcode Lottery of Local Authority Enforcement in the Private Rented Sector

Everyone deserves a safe and secure home. Poor quality housing should not exist in a modern society. Our research has identified a postcode lottery of local authority enforcement, with enforcement activities differing right across England and Wales. 67% of Local Authorities did not commence a single prosecution in 2017/18.

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Homelessness and the Private Rented Sector

The research found that security of tenure is not a cause of increasing homelessness from the private rented sector. Most tenancies are ended by tenants rather than landlords. Where landlords ended tenancies under ‘no fault’ routes, rent arrears was the most common reason cited by landlords for terminations. Rather, it is the introduction in 2008 of the Local Housing Allowance (LHA) as a means of calculating Housing Benefit payments, and subsequent changes to LHA rates, that is driving the increase in homelessness from the private rented sector.

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