Scottish tenancy reform: Some positives with more to follow?

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".

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Rent controls – evidence says “no”

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.

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Capital Gains Tax & the PRS – negative impacts on the property market

Research from the RLA reports on the impact of Capital Gains Tax. CGT traps landlords into holding property longer than planned, the tax and, in doing so, holds back a functioning property market. The tax reduces property investment as well as the volume of properties available to purchase.

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Universal Credit and Landlords – some solutions for persistent roll-out problems

The 2019 Q1 State of the PRS report focuses on the roll-out of Universal Credit and the imapct it has had on landlords. The majority of landlords report that Universal Credit claimants do go into arrears, despite claims to the contrary.

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Section 21 & Landlord Experience
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Section 21 & Landlord Experience

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.

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How can we improve the private rented sector of the future?

It has been a year since we launched RLA PEARL, the RLA's research lab. Scrutiny of the private rented sector is at an all-time high. For #PEARLweek we've been reviewing the past research, and now we look at how we could improve the private rented sector in the future to ensure that it works for both landlords and tenants.

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Do we need to worry about the growth of short-term letting?

It has been a year since we launched the RLA PEARL, the RLA's research lab. One of our most high-profile research projects has been our investigations into short-term lettings and the movement of properties from the long-term residential market to the short-term holiday market. As part of #PEARLweek, we review our research findings and explore if we need to worry about short-term lettings, read on to find out more.

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Tax Reform needed to Improve Private Renting Energy Efficiency

Our latest research has found that landlords with F or G rated properties are struggling to afford to bring their property up to at least an E rating. We argue that tax reform would improve property conditions by allowing improvements to be tax deductible against income tax, rather than Capital Gains Tax.

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How have welfare reforms impacted the private rented sector? A review of our research & policy work

The PRS has grown significantly in size over the last twenty years and now plays a vital role in providing a home for those on low-incomes and the homeless. Recently, there have been a lot of policy changes that affect the most vulnerable in society and their ability to access a safe and secure home in the PRS. We review our research and activities to date and look to what the future could hold.

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