Expert opinion and insight

Expert opinion and explainer pieces, written by our Chief Executive, members our policy team as well as other experts from across the housing sector.

Mediation can help beat the New Year blues

Insights and Opinions Mike Morgan 11/01/2022
Mediation can help beat the New Year blues

Blog: Minister writes to English landlords about 'Winter Plan'

Housing minister Christopher Pincher MP has written an open letter to all landlords in England this December to explain the measures contained in the Autumn and Winter Plan (2021) to tackle rising cases of Covid-19.

Insights and Opinions Chris Norris 17/12/2021
Blog: Minister writes to English landlords about 'Winter Plan'

Blog: NRLA welcomes Welsh homelessness support

The NRLA have welcomed the Welsh Government commitment to end homelessness with the announcement of £30 million of funding for Welsh local authorities and the launch of a pan-Wales social leasing scheme.

Insights and Opinions Tim Thomas 30/11/2021
Blog: NRLA welcomes Welsh homelessness support

Buy-to-let market update December 2021

Welcome to "Buy to Let Market", a column aimed at providing you with recent criteria and product updates within the Buy to Let lending markets.

Insights and Opinions Doug Hall 07/12/2021
Buy-to-let market update December 2021

Blog: Making the PRS more accessible for disabled and older people

The NRLA is working in partnership with five local authorities to develop ways of increasing the supply of adapted properties in the Private Rented Sector (PRS). We are also looking to raise awareness of the advantages of improving accessibility for both tenants and landlords.

Insights and Opinions Tim Thomas 06/12/2021
Blog: Making the PRS more accessible for disabled and older people

Blog: Energy efficiency and tax allowances - LESA revisited

In the fourth post in our blog series on future changes to minimum energy efficiency standards, we make the case for the UK Government to reintroduce a tax allowance for landlords who are undertaking energy efficiency works.

Insights and Opinions Meera Chindooroy 06/12/2021
Blog: Energy efficiency and tax allowances - LESA revisited

Winter warming tips to keep your property protected throughout the season

Head of TDS Adjudication Services, Sandy Bastin, shares some key pieces of advice when it comes to keeping properties protected, throughout the season.

Insights and Opinions Sandy Bastin 30/11/2021
Winter warming tips to keep your property protected throughout the season

Blog: Energy efficiency & VAT - the case for zero rating

Retrofit is arguably the greener option for reaching net zero. Why then is the practice of "demolish and rebuild" encouraged by the tax system? The answer, or at least one of them, appears to be VAT. We make the case for zero rating VAT on energy efficiency measures.

Insights and Opinions Chris Norris 29/11/2021
Blog: Energy efficiency & VAT - the case for zero rating

Blog: Energy efficiency - how to account for regional variations?

In the second post in our blog series on future changes to minimum energy efficiency standards, we make the case for targeting central government funding to areas with lower property values, and utilising tax incentives to create a sales market for properties which need significant energy efficiency upgrades.

Insights and Opinions Meera Chindooroy 22/11/2021
Blog: Energy efficiency - how to account for regional variations?

Blog: Energy efficiency & the cost cap - why new regulations must be flexible

The Government's response to their consultation on Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards is expected later this year. In the first of a series of blogs, we explore the impact of the proposed new cost cap of £10,000, and how the NRLA is arguing for a flexible approach across the country.

Insights and Opinions Chris Norris 15/11/2021
Blog: Energy efficiency & the cost cap - why new regulations must be flexible