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.

 

The enforcement lottery: local authority inspections and notices

The latest paper in the enforcement lottery series looks at the work local authorities do prior to commencing prosecution. The results of the paper are based on an FOI asking local authorities to provide the rates of HHSRS inspections, number of complaints received, and the number of formal notices served around property conditions.

Special Report James Wood 09/02/2022
The enforcement lottery: local authority inspections and notices

LSE pinpoint landlords' tax disadvantage

The NRLA commissioned the LSE to draw out the implications of recent tax changes and the Covid pandemic for the private rented sector. The study also benchmarks the tax demands placed on landlords compared to their peers in other developed economies. Mainly as a result of changes since 2015, the authors conclude about the taxation system: "[It] now lies at the ungenerous end of the spectrum...of landlord tax regimes."

Special Report Nick Clay 20/12/2021
LSE pinpoint landlords' tax disadvantage

The enforcement lottery: criminal prosecutions and local authorities

Following on from previous research into civil penalty usage by local authorities, the NRLA looks at criminal prosecution rates across the local authorities in England.

Special Report Samantha Watkin 10/11/2021
The enforcement lottery: criminal prosecutions and local authorities

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