Articles by Nick Clay

Wales Tenant Saver Loan scheme - a key step towards a support package

In this short research note Nick Clay and Calum Davies review the Tenant Saver Loan Scheme recently launched by the Welsh Government. Using primary research, the NRLA endorse the scheme. Not only does it bring respite for landlords, it is a policy which supports those most in need. However this policy initiative, though welcome, is insufficient on its own.

Special Report Nick Clay 23/09/2020
Wales Tenant Saver Loan scheme - a key step towards a support package

Inventory clerks - an overview of users

This blog post reports on inventories and the use of independent inventory clerk services by landlords. The analysis is drawn from the 2020 Quarter 2 survey of the PRS undertaken by the NRLA. It highlights patterns of usage by different groups of landlords. It also signposts to further information

Deep Insight Nick Clay 16/09/2020
Inventory clerks - an overview of users

Landlord Confidence Index (LCI) no.6: 2020 Q2

This is the Quarter 2 Landlord Confidence Index. It shows landlord confidence remains low, but with a slight recovery from the previous quarter. It seems that many landlords are opting to freeze rents in the present economic climate. For the next twelve months many landlords are adopting a "wait and see" stance on the future of the PRS.

Landlord Confidence Index Nick Clay 08/09/2020
Landlord Confidence Index (LCI) no.6: 2020 Q2

Research webinar - July 2020

The slides from the Research Observatory webinar, held in July 2020, are available here. This webinar introduces the Research Observatory team, and the role research plays in the NRLA. The webinar also introduces the Landlord Confidence Index as well as the results of the Quarter 2 landlords survey

Deep Insight Nick Clay 18/08/2020
Research webinar - July 2020

Rental prices and real wages - the gap continues to grow

The lack of affordability of private rented properties in key locations has been the focus of fierce debate. The gap between rents and wages is again growing. Again the problem is not with surging prices but a dramatic fall in wages.

Deep Insight Nick Clay 30/06/2020
Rental prices and real wages - the gap continues to grow

State of the PRS - 2020, Quarter 1

This survey looks at the experiences of landlords who let property to tenants who claim Universal Credit (UC). It shows that the experience of landlords in navigating the UC system remains problematic. The system, and not the client, is often the cause of rent arrears. The impact being that landlords become reluctant to let to tenants who require UC to meet their rent obligations.

Quarterly Report Nick Clay 29/05/2020
State of the PRS - 2020, Quarter 1

Bright lights amid gloomy covid outlook- landlords provide helping hand for tenants

Over the first weekend in May, the NRLA undertook its second survey of landlords examining the impact of the coronavirus on the Private Rented Sector (PRS). Over 4,500 landlords responded. Landlords face reductions in rental income, extended void periods and difficulties in getting repairs done. Our members remain supportive of tenants, and receptive to tenant requests.

Special Report Nick Clay 20/05/2020
Bright lights amid gloomy covid outlook-  landlords provide helping hand for tenants

Landlord Confidence Index (LCI) no.5: 2020 Q1

This is the Quarter 1 Landlord Confidence Index. It considers the motivations, behaviours and key decsisions landlords are taking. It provides a barometer of supply side confidence in the Private Rented Sector.

Landlord Confidence Index Nick Clay 01/05/2020
Landlord Confidence Index (LCI) no.5: 2020 Q1

Landlords put on brave face as impact of Coronavirus outbreak begins to bite

In March the RLA undertook a survey of its members examining how the Coronovirus crisis has affected them, their relationship with tenants and their property business. The survey finds landlords are nervous and feeling somwhat overlooked by government. There was however broad support for strands of the government's response.

Special Report Nick Clay 06/04/2020
Landlords put on brave face as impact of Coronavirus outbreak begins to bite

State of the PRS - 2019, Quarter 4

The final State of the PRS report for 2019 looks at the investment landlords have made to meet the needs and expectations of their tenants. The survey also investigates attitudes to Good Landlord schemes and Property MOTs as a lighter-touch alternative to licensing. Finally, flooding dominated the news at the end of 2019. This report examines the issue of flooding in the PRS.

Quarterly Report Nick Clay 24/03/2020
State of the PRS - 2019, Quarter 4