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.
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.
In this short research note Nick Clay and Calum Davies review the Tenant Saver Loan Scheme recently launched by the Welsh Government.
Using primary research, the NRLA endorse the scheme. Not only does it bring respite for landlords, it is a policy which supports those most in need.
However this policy initiative, though welcome, is insufficient on its own.
Over the first weekend in May, the NRLA undertook its second survey of landlords examining the impact of the coronavirus on the Private Rented Sector (PRS). Over 4,500 landlords responded. Landlords face reductions in rental income, extended void periods and difficulties in getting repairs done. Our members remain supportive of tenants, and receptive to tenant requests.
In March the RLA undertook a survey of its members examining how the Coronovirus crisis has affected them, their relationship with tenants and their property business. The survey finds landlords are nervous and feeling somwhat overlooked by government. There was however broad support for strands of the government's response.
The duration of tenancies in the PRS is growing across age groups. So too is the profile of landlords.
Recent research by the LSE looks at how these factors highlight the inadequacies of the current landlord-tenant relationship. There is an argument for reform, but only when backed up by proper enforcement.