Category: rent control

Of Letting Fees and Rent Controls – Landlords being pushed into a trap

Ban incoming? A lot was made of letting agent fees in the run up to last year’s general election, and the issue is back again as the fix-all cure of the ills of private renting. A Conservative Government would normally be the least likely to interfere in the market this way, but then again this … Continue reading Of Letting Fees and Rent Controls – Landlords being pushed into a trap

Zac Attack!

The NLA fear London landlords will be in for a major shake-up whoever is elected. In his newly launched Housing Manifesto, Conservative Mayoral candidate Zac Goldsmith outlines his plans to “move away from the amateur buy-to-let model” and “make way for a more professional approach”. You can read his Housing Manifesto here. The future’s now. … Continue reading Zac Attack!

An Inconvenient Truth – helping the facts speak for themselves

I have been working at the NLA for nearly two years now and many of my friends and family still don’t really know what I do for a living.  Why?  Because I deflect when people ask and change topic.  People’s view of the PRS are often based on selective statistics and a one sided media … Continue reading An Inconvenient Truth – helping the facts speak for themselves

Is the grass always greener on the other side?

Today’s publication of the interim report from LSE, commissioned by the NLA  debunks the myth that rent control is a golden bullet, easy to implement and guaranteed to work in the UK. The launch comes on the day that the four Labour candidates aspiring to be leader (and potentially our next Prime Minster) go head-to-head … Continue reading Is the grass always greener on the other side?

The impact of rent control

Past attempts For many years, rent control was considered an out-dated practice from a bygone age, with a history of failure and complications around the world. In the UK specifically, the various Acts which introduced rent control in the private-rented sector had a dramatic effect on the proportion of households renting from a private landlord. … Continue reading The impact of rent control