Special Reports

Reports commissioned by the NRLA

This section contains one-off research reports which the NRLA have commissioned.  A number are written in-house, others a result of externally commsissioning well known experts on the economy or the PRS. The most recent publications appear at the top of the first page and go back in time. The earlier reports have been written by/commissioned by either the former RLA or the former NLA prior to our merger. 

Please note that the contents of these reports reflect the views of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views, policies or policy positions of the NRLA either currently or in the past.

 

Green Homes Grants: What went wrong? What went right?

Whilst the long-term target of government is to enable more than 600,000 homes in England to become more energy efficient, the GHG voucher scheme made only a modest contribution to meeting that target. However the scheme's failings and resultant low take-up does not negate the need for a scheme. The conclusion from the evidence presented here is that for those landlords who wished to address EPC levels, the GHG voucher provided invaluable support.

Special Report Nick Clay 10/09/2021
Green Homes Grants: What went wrong? What went right?

The Enforcement Lottery: civil penalty usage by local authorities

Over the last decade, the private rented sector has been making substantial improvements to the quality of its housing stock. Despite this, there are still a small proportion of properties in the PRS where conditions are potentially hazardous and need to be improved. This report looks at how local authorities are using one of these powers - civil penalties

Special Report Samantha Watkin 03/08/2021
The Enforcement Lottery: civil penalty usage by local authorities

The wait of justice 2021: how covid legislation affected possession

In this special report, senior policy officer James Wood examines the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on landlords, tenants and the already stretched legal system and explores potential solutions to the ongoing challenges as emergency restriction are lifted.

Special Report James Wood 23/06/2021
The wait of justice 2021: how covid legislation affected possession

The Welsh Enforcement Index

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). This study focuses on mandatory and discretionary licensing in Wales. Is the enforcement of existing regulations in Wales truly efficient, effective and economic?

Special Report Aidan Crehan 21/05/2021
The Welsh Enforcement Index

Rent Smart Wales: Financial surplus - accountability deficit

Rent Smart Wales (RSW) oversees a national property registration and licensing scheme covering landlords and agents in the PRS. This report looks at the performance of RSW as it completes its first full business cycle. The report finds that RSW has benefitted from larger than expected revenues, but landlords feel the anticipated benefits of a national service have yet to be realised.

Special Report Nick Clay 11/01/2021
Rent Smart Wales: Financial surplus - accountability deficit