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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.  

 

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

Covid-19 and the rental market-one year on

Deep Insight Victoria Barker 25/03/2021
Covid-19 and the rental market-one year on

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

Possession during Covid-19: A landlord perspective

The NRLA has campaigned extensively for reform in the possession process. As landlords currently absorb the costs associated with the lengthy court waiting periods, the ban on the repossession of property introduced in response to the COVID-19 outbreak has exacerbated the problems landlords face. As part of our quarter 3 survey, we asked landlords about their experiences with possession over the course of the last 2 years to shed some more light on this issue

Deep Insight Aidan Crehan 17/02/2021
Possession during Covid-19: A landlord perspective