The previous Landlord Confidence Index (LCI) showed confidence finally rising in the final quarter of 2019 – albeit from low levels. However, in Quarter 1 2020 – the fieldwork for which coincided with coronavirus lockdown – shows a picture of landlords coming to terms with new challenges and pressures. Well over half of all landlords (60%) were feeling “Less” or “Much less” confident than they did in the previous quarter – just over 6% felt “More” or “Much more” confident.
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.
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 is the first full edition of the RLA's Landlord Confidence Index (LCI). The LCI provides a snapshot of the actions and likely future response of landlords to the current market environment. The LCI is drawn from a national (England & Wales) survey of around 2,000 landlords.
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.
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.
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.
Over the past few years, we have monitored the impact of this policy, and we have undertaken this research to further the understanding of how this policy is being implemented 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.
The aim of this research was to investigate the impact of taxation reform on the private rented sector, in the light of emerging evidence on how landlords have responded thus far.