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.

The Housing Health and Safety Rating System review

NRLA local authority policy officer Gavin Dick writes about the Housing Health and Safety Rating System (HHSRS) and the Government review of this.

Insights and Opinions Gavin Dick 09/07/2021
The Housing Health and Safety Rating System review

Recovering rent arrears shouldn't mean losing a tenant

Mike Morgan, legal division manager at the Property Redress Scheme highlights a recent case involving a landlord with a tenant in rent arrears, and how mediation helped to resolve the situation amicably.

Insights and Opinions Mike Morgan 28/06/2021
Recovering rent arrears shouldn't mean losing a tenant

Fire Safety: What you can expect

Following the Grenfell Tower fire in 2017 there is renewed vigour to improve standards, particularly relating to fire safety. While initially focused on high-rise blocks, increasing attention is moving to other types of properties, and it is important landlords are aware of the changes coming down the line.

Insights and Opinions James Harvie 25/06/2021
Fire Safety: What you can expect

BLOG: 2021 is the year of the staycation - is it time to look at a furnished holiday let?

Mark Lee, a partner at professional services network EY explores the question of holiday lets - and what you need to consider before branching out into this type of rental.

Insights and Opinions Mark Lee 15/06/2021
BLOG: 2021 is the year of the staycation - is it time to look at a furnished holiday let?

Blog: Adapted and accessible properties - the next big opportunity in the PRS?

Liberty Bollen from accessible housing provider Abode Impact on the increasing demand for adapted homes.

Insights and Opinions Liberty Bollen 10/06/2021
Blog: Adapted and accessible properties - the next big opportunity in the PRS?

Photographic Evidence in Tenancy Deposits - How to get it right

At the end of a tenancy, it can be difficult to prove how much deterioration or damage has been caused to a property. Whilst an inventory report can offer a good comparison between the start and end of tenancy, in-depth detail may be missing on the disputed area of concern which can cause difficulty when dealing with tenancy deposit disputes. Here, Michael Hill of the Tenancy Deposit Scheme (TDS) explains more about getting photographic evidence right.

Insights and Opinions Michael Hill 09/06/2021
Photographic Evidence in Tenancy Deposits - How to get it right

Blog: Rental reform is coming - now is not the time to bury your head in the sand

Paul Shamplina of Landlord Action on the Government's planned changes and the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Insights and Opinions Paul Shamplina 07/06/2021
Blog: Rental reform is coming - now is not the time to bury your head in the sand

Buy-to-let market update June 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. Written by Doug Hall, of NRLA mortgage partners 3mc.

Insights and Opinions Doug Hall 02/06/2021
Buy-to-let market update June 2021

Housing First and the Private Rented Sector

Alex Osmond, Housing First and Lived Experience Manager, and Tim Thomas, Policy Officer at NRLA Wales take a closer look at the Housing First model, and the role private landlords can play.

Insights and Opinions Tim Thomas 01/06/2021
Housing First and the Private Rented Sector

Electrical Safety Checks: does changing tenants affect an EICR?

In June 2020, the Government made it mandatory for landlords in England to have the electrical installations in their property tested by a qualified and competent person at regular intervals. Senior policy officer James Wood looks at whether changing tenants affects an EICR.

Insights and Opinions James Wood 03/06/2021
Electrical Safety Checks: does changing tenants affect an EICR?