The aim is to gain a better understanding of the determinants of the scale and use of private rented sectors across Northern Europe and particularly the role of regulation both historically since 1980 and in the future. Detailed elements of the work include:
- what is understood by a liberal market for private rented accommodation and how can this be operationalised through a ranking enabling comparison between countries
- an overview of the history of rent regulation and liberalisation in various countries
- international benchmarking of the degree of liberalisation
- an analysis of the consequences of liberalisation and how this has affected consumers, social outcomes and other sectors of the housing market.