This research report aimed to clarify the role that regulation has played in determining the scale of private rental provision across Europe. This is a topic on which politicians, academics and other commentators take very different views, often on the basis of rather limited information. The objective of this project was therefore to help fill the evidence gap by clarifying the changing scale of private rented provision in eleven case study countries in Europe; showing how regulation in the private rented sector has changed over the last decades; and assessing the other factors that have been important in defining the role of the sector.
The project was sponsored by the Knowledge Centre for Housing Economics in Copenhagen. The research was carried out by the Cambridge Centre for Housing and Planning Research (CCHPR), University of Cambridge, England. CCHPR worked in partnership with LSE London, a research centre within the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE).