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Private Rented Sector trends

These blog posts are written to prompt discussion and debate about the role of the Private Rented Sector (PRS) in the UK.

The posts provide more detail on trends which emerge in our analysis of datasets in the Observatory. They also highlight specific topics and comments landlords make in our regular or occasional surveys.

Academics, policy makers and practitioners also make regular contributions to the blog.  

 

Property MOTs: A licensing alternative?

The NRLA recognise the advantages adopting of a so-called Property MOT could bring as a replacement for the myriad of local licensing schemes. Using safety certificates, rather than local authority inspection, the MOT is seen as a mechanism to drive a uniform approach to standards. This incorporates current, necessary checks on gas and electrical safety as well as a range of less frequent checks such as EPC rating.

Deep Insight Aidan Crehan 22/09/2021
Property MOTs:  A licensing alternative?

Family Resources Survey

The data collected to form this infographic is collected from the Family Resources Survey conducted by the Department for Work and Pensions. It provides a snapshot of the private rented sector, detailing some key demographic features of the sector.

Deep Insight Aidan Crehan 10/09/2021
Family Resources Survey

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

The Welsh Enforcement Index: The Persistence of Inconsistency

In late 2020, the NRLA (National Residential Landlords Association) Research Observatory began to collect data and evidence on how enforcement powers available to Welsh local authorities were being deployed in the Private Rented Sector (PRS). It is intended to be a follow-up to the recent review of Rent Smart Wales by the NRLA. The focus of this study was slanted towards mandatory and discretionary licensing, and the efficient, effective and economic enforcement of existing regulations.

Deep Insight Aidan Crehan 18/06/2021
The Welsh Enforcement Index: The Persistence of Inconsistency

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