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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 analysis included modelling the likely impact that each of the six rent control scenarios would be likely to have on rent levels over the next 10 years, and then drawing on historical data to model the impact the rent changes would have on the size of the private rented sector. This was supplimented by a survey completed by over 800 private landlords and letting agents, and interviews with mortgage lenders. The survey and interviews explored how landlords, letting agents and lenders might respond to changes in tenure security and rent levels, and also interviews. 


Anna Clarke

Sam Morris

Michael Oxley

Chihiro Udagawa

Publication Date

July 2015