Articles by Tom Simcock
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 - undertaken by The Cambridge Centre for Housing and Planning 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.
This research explores the experiences and attitudes of private landlords to longer-term tenancies in the private rented sector (PRS).
We focus on the current barriers preventing landlords offering longer tenancies.
Private landlords are now playing a vital role in providing housing to those on low-incomes and the homeless. Recently, there have been many policy changes that affect the most vulnerable in society and their ability to access a safe and secure home in the PRS.
There are a number of policy areas that are currently under greater scrutiny. These include security of tenure, standards and efforts to increase the supply of homes. Changes here could deliver a better private rented sector for all.
Short-term lettings and the movement of properties from the long-term residential market to the short-term holiday market has been of growing concern to policy makers. . This post reviews recent research findings and explores the debate around whether there is a need to be concerned about short-term lettings.
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.
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.
It has been a year since we launched RLA PEARL and we have achieved a lot, especially at a time when the political focus on the private rented sector is intensifying. Read further to find out our most interesting research findings of the past year.