Category: Occasional reports

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The traditional view that the PRS should be a suitable home mainly for younger and mobile households is out of date.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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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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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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Longer Term Tenancies in the Private Rented Sector

This research explores the experiences and attitudes of private landlords to longer-term tenancies in the private rented sector (PRS). We focus on the current barriers to landlords offering longer tenancies and their thoughts on the UK Government’s proposed three-year tenancy model as detailed in the Government Consultation on the Barriers to Longer-Term Tenancies in the Private Rented Sector.

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