Articles by Nick Clay

NRLA tenant survey: separating facts from fiction

This post reports on the tenant survey commissioned by the NRLA in May 2021. The research was conducted by global data and market research company dynata. The survey found three-quarters of tenants had paid their rent as normal throughout the pandemic. The seven percent of tenants in arrears have arrears of c£325m. There is a substantial proportion of tenants looking to move out of urban areas in the next twelve months.

Deep Insight Nick Clay 07/07/2021
NRLA tenant survey: separating facts from fiction

Research Webinar - April 2021

This research webinar introduced our recently awarded MRS Company Partner accreditation. Recent trends in landlord confidence were presented along with key findings from recent quarterly surveys. The presentation also reviewed other recent research - such as that in Wales and London. Finally the presentation previewed forthcoming research, including a collaboration with the LSE.

Deep Insight Nick Clay 18/05/2021
Research Webinar - April 2021

Landlord Confidence Index (LCI) No.9: 2021 Q1

The 2021 Qtr1 survey shows a marked upturn in confidence from the previous quarter. Confidence is increasing across England and Wales: in London however, the increase could at best be described as marginal. Both the West Midalnds and the South West have seen surges in confidence. Over 85% of landlords reported as either having frozen or reduced rents over the last twelve months.

Landlord Confidence Index Nick Clay 18/05/2021
Landlord Confidence Index (LCI) No.9: 2021 Q1

In Focus (2020 Qtr 4): Safety and standards

Every quarter the NRLA ask landlords about how policy is impacting on their property business.The Quarter 4 survey asked about Safety and Standards, focusing on the demands of electrical safety, EICR renewals and energy efficiency. Landlords were also asked about the possible impact of a raised minimum EPC threshold.

Quarterly Report Nick Clay 06/05/2021
In Focus (2020 Qtr 4): Safety and standards

Rent controls in London - follow the evidence. Please

The outcome of London's mayoral election may be followed by a renewed push for a rent control system to be imposed in the capital. The NRLA have long pointed to evidence, put forward by economists from both the left and the right, that rent controls rarely have the desired effects on the rental market. Where controls exist, tenants and would-be tenants - as well as landlords - get a raw deal.

Deep Insight Nick Clay 26/04/2021
Rent controls in London - follow the evidence. Please

Energy efficient landlords: investment without reward

This blog post reviews landlord responses to questions on energy efficiency. These questions coincided with a recent BEIS consultation on energy efficency and proposals to raise the minimum EPC rating for rented property to a "C". This post highlights landlord investment and the need to address the failings of the Green Homes Grants programmes - rather than abandon the scheme's objectives.

Deep Insight Nick Clay 22/04/2021
Energy efficient landlords: investment without reward

English Housing Survey 2019-2020: Infographic

This post is a visual summary of the 2019-2020 English Housing Survey (EHS). The EHS is a national survey - published annually - produced by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG). Note that data collection for this survey concluded prior to the Covid-19 crisis. This is the first of a series of infographics which will summarise key reports and research into the PRS.

Deep Insight Nick Clay 02/03/2021
English Housing Survey 2019-2020: Infographic

Quarter 3 In Focus: Landlords & Taxation

This In Focus report considers the views of landlords on a range of taxation topics. Landlords' likely response to tax changes sends the Chancellor of the Exchequer a message to think through tax changes and reforms. The impact of changes on the PRS may not be as forecasters predict.

Quarterly Report Nick Clay 25/02/2021
Quarter 3 In Focus: Landlords & Taxation

Landlord Confidence Index (LCI) No.8: 2020 Q4

This is the Quarter 4 Landlord Confidence Index (LCI). This quarter there was a slight pick up in confidence in a number of regions - most notably the East Midlands and Yorkshire and the Humber. Once again confidence is noticably lower in London. Inner London, along with Wales has seen confidence fall steadily since Quarter 2.

Landlord Confidence Index Nick Clay 17/02/2021
Landlord Confidence Index (LCI) No.8: 2020 Q4

English Housing Survey: strains on the PRS pre-date Covid-19

In December 2020 the lastest edition of the English Housing Survey was launched. For the third year running both the number and the proportion of households which are in the Private Rented Sector (PRS) fell. However over 4.4m households in England privately rent. This equates to almost one-household-in-five (18.7%) residing in the PRS.

Deep Insight Nick Clay 09/02/2021
English Housing Survey: strains on the PRS pre-date Covid-19