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".
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.
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.
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.
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.
Whilst the IPHRP - the ONS's measure of price growth in the PRS continues to grow. The RLA argue price growth is fragile and weaker than in the wider economy.
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.
On 1 December 2017 the First-tier Tribunal for Scotland Housing and Property Chamber took over from the sheriff court in dealing with all private rented sector (PRS) disputes. This in effect created a Housing Court. This paper considers how the new system has fared north of the border.
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.
The RLA has been aware of pressure to reform legislation which impacts on the Private Rented Sector (PRS). Yet Section 21 is a commonly used mechanism by landlords: This note reviews the 2018 Quarter 4 survey to better understand the reasons why Section 21 is needed.