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Private Rented Sector

Using incentives to improve the private rented sector for people in poverty
The Joseph Rowntree Foundation have commissioned CCHPR to investigate how to improve the English private rented sector as a source of accommodation for people in poverty. This project explores whether taxation could be used to incentivise private landlords to improve the affordability, conditions or security of rented housing.
FilePrivate Rented Housing Sector: UK and ideas from other countries
Research into Letting Agents Fees to Tenants in Wales
The Welsh Government are currently funding CCHPR's research into fees charged to tenants in the private rented sector across Wales
Data Analysis for Second Evaluation of Private Rented Sector Licensing Scheme within Newham
This project assessed the impact of the compulsory landlord Licencing Scheme which has been operating in Newham since 2013. Drawing on the four-wave panel data of a tenants’ survey, configured by Newham Council the data allowed analysis on a range of spheres of tenants’ welfare, local environments and property management, addressed statistical bias and allowed consideration of the sustainability of any impacts over a longer term.
A better quality PRS: the role of SME investment
This project commissioned by Lloyds Bank Group explores the role of SME investment in the private rented sector. It aims to raise the profile of this part of the PRS, add to the understanding of its impact and inform policy discussion.
The effects of rent controls on supply and markets
This project, commissioned by Shelter, explored the possible effects of different rent control scenarios on the operation of the Private Rented Sector in England. Six different rent control options were considered, proposing different limits to rents and changes to security of tenure.
The private rented sector in North Hertfordshire
This project involved analysis of private sector data to assist North Hertfordshire District Council in developing its private sector housing strategy.
Understanding private landlord financial and regulatory incentives for property investment
The private rented sector is growing rapidly yet has the worst physical property conditions of all tenures. More than nine million households rent privately yet more than a third of private rented homes fail to meet the Decent Homes Standard. Private renting is now the only option for a growing number of households who cannot afford home ownership yet will not realistically qualify for social housing. Shelter has commissioned CCHPR to investigate the financial provisions landlords put in place to maintain the condition of their property. The research is part of a wider programme of work to understand the dynamics of safety and housing conditions in the sector. The research aim is to understand the incentives and barriers to investment in upgrading the quality of private rented housing.
Understanding the role of private renting: a four country case study
The objective of this project, funded by Realdania, was to better understand the incentives and constraints around private rental provision across different institutional, economic and policy frameworks. The research also sought to clarify the factors that might help generate investment in private renting and an efficient and flexible sector which could meet household requirements.
The role of the private rented sector in preventing homelessness: identifying good practice and the impact of policy change
The Oak Foundation commissioned research into private rented sector access schemes that focuses on good practice as demonstrated through Oak funded projects. The research also looked more broadly at other successful practices and models. The intention was to share good practice from Oak funded schemes and others; to provide practical advice to existing schemes in order to respond to recent welfare policy changes; and demonstrate the potential for private renting schemes to meet specific housing needs.
Analysis of the private rented sector in Richmond upon Thames and surrounding areas
Richmond Council, together with Richmond Housing Partnership, jointly commissioned research in order to form the evidence base of their tenancy strategy. This work helped supplement this evidence base by improving understanding of the private rented sector in and nearby to Richmond with a particular focus on the availability of housing for low income groups. The research made use of data on advertised rents in the private rented sector and also drew on interviews with local letting agencies.
The contribution and potential of the private residential rental market in New Zealand
Providing country profiles for England, France and Germany in relation to a template provided by Darroch Ltd, the contractor.
Private housing sector: The UK and ideas from other countries
The private rented housing sector: The UK and ideas from other countries - a seminar presentation to the Social Market Foundation by Michael Oxley, March 2017
The private rented sector in the new century: A comparative approach
The objective of this research was to examine the extent to which different regulatory frameworks across Europe have generated different incentives to provide private rental housing; to live in private rental housing; and to fund that housing.
Housing benefit changes and their effects on the private rented sector
The project looks at short- and longer-term influences on the supply of private rented housing to poorer households in Britain. The new government’s emergency budget of June 2010 proposed substantial reductions in the Local Housing Allowance (LHA) payments made to private tenants who cannot afford their rent.
Estimating rates of return on private sector rents
The original reason for this research was to assess the extent to which it would be appropriate to use lower quartile house prices as a surrogate for private rents in regional and local analysis in the light of the difficulties in obtaining Rent Officer Service data on the rents they determine for Housing Benefit purposes.
Guide to local rents 2001-2010
Producing a guide to local rents was a Dataspring project funded by the Tenant Services Authority, for which outputs were published from 2001 until 2010. Parts I, II and III together provided the data to undertake comparisons of rents geographically for all three rented sectors (local authority, housing association and private rented), between individual housing associations and between individual local authorities.

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Ask the Expert: Professor Michael Oxley speaks at the Social Market Foundation

Apr 25, 2017

Mike Oxley, Director of CCHPR, delivered a lunchtime seminar at the Social Market Foundation in March 2017. Professor Oxley discussed the changing role of the private rented housing sector in the UK and the corresponding implications for policy.

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