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Private Rented Sector

Digital Nomads
The aim of this research, funded by the Centre for Digital Built Britain, was to understand how digital technology is being used to enable new forms of shared living in the private rented sector. With a focus on the use of digital technology in shared rented accommodation, the research investigated the application of digital technology in three areas: access to properties, management of properties and lived experience.
Parenting in a house share (ESRC IAA)
Contract research for Commonweal Housing explored different types of shared housing available for non-resident parents and investigated their experiences of parenting their children whilst living in shared housing. This ESRC Impact Acceleration Account project will significantly increase the wider impact of this research, and will focus on the experience of fathers.
Evaluation of the Reimagining Rent Programme
The Young Foundation commissioned CCHPR to undertake an evaluation of the Reimagining Rent Programme, assessing its effectiveness in supporting participating innovations to grow and achieving wider impact.
Research into Letting Agents Fees to Tenants in Wales
The Welsh Government funded CCHPR's research into fees charged to tenants in the private rented sector across Wales
Modelling the impact of taxation reform on the PRS
Significant policy changes affecting the private rented sector have the potential for a serious impact on the centre as the majority of landlords face increased taxation. The Residential Landlords Association commissioned research to develop an economic model of the finances of PRS landlords and property investors in order to identify the wider impact of the recent taxation reforms.
A better quality PRS: the role of SME investment
This project, commissioned by Lloyds Banking Group, explored the role of SME investment in the private rented sector. It aimed to raise the profile of this part of the PRS, adding to the understanding of its impact and to inform policy discussion.
Poverty, evictions and forced moves
This project was awarded by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation and supported by Shelter, in order to understand the causes of landlord evictions and of forced moves, where tenants feel compelled to move home for reasons such as affordability, security or to move away from particular locations. The final report was published in July 2017.
How do landlords address poverty? A poverty-focused review of the stratetgies of local authorities, landlords and letting agents in England
Rising rents, more low‑income households in private renting, reduced funding for house building and welfare reforms present major challenges for landlords and local authorities in England. This research explores how landlords are responding, what can be learnt from their written strategies and plans, and what happens in practice.
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.
Tax credits for affordable housing in the USA: could they work elsewhere?
This article by Mike Oxley, published by Housing Finance International in Spring 2015, examines the operation of Low Income Housing Tax Credits in the USA.
The role of policy in influencing differences between countries in the size of the private rented housing sector
In a presentation at the Department of Land Economy, Professor Mike Oxley addressed the following topics: Comparative studies of rented housing; What is private rented housing?; How much of it is there?; Why is there more in some countries than others?; Does policy explain international differences in the proportion of private rented housing?
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 looked at the short and longer term influences on the supply of private rented housing to poorer households in Britain. The 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.
Private Rented Sector Services Review
Hammersmith and Fulham commissioned Organisational Development to carry out a review of their Private Rented Sector. Anna Clarke's input in a consultancy role on this work offered advice re the use of the private rented sector within Housing Options.
Economic and housing market downturn and potential impact on renters and rented sectors
This is an ‘expert panel’ study for CLG looking at the impact of the economic and housing market downturn on the rented sector of the housing market.
Comparative analysis of private and social sectors’ rates of return 2007-2009
These papers compare the findings on RSL sector and the private rented sector to provide a clear picture of the extent to which rent and rate of return differentials vary by area, type, etc.
Estimating rates of return on private sector rents: 1996/97 to 2005/06
This paper analyses the relationship between private sector rents and house prices in order to examine the viability of the sector in that rents are the only form of return available to the private sector landlord.
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.
Private rented sector and buy to let mortgage market: five year outlook
OneSavings Bank plc (OSB) commissioned research from CCHPR into the private rented sector and buy to let market. This will helped develop a deeper understanding of the drivers of the market.
Landlord portfolio management - past and future
This research explored how landlords manage their portfolios and make decisions over buying and selling stock. It was commissioned by Shelter in order to explore how landlords manage their businesses, how this might affect tenants and how this might change in the future.

Living on the edge

Gemma Burgess and Lynne McAulay talk about the evaluation of the New Horizons project