Proposals for Regulation of the Private Rented Sector: An Analysis

January 2016

Proposals for Regulation of the PRS

The National Landlords Association commissioned this research into policy proposals for the private rented sector in mid-2015. This report reviews the content of proposals put forward before the national elections in May 2015 and in the London Mayoral election campaign so far; analyses the effects the proposals might have on different groups of tenants and landlords; and summarises the relevance of Scottish and international experience.

We gathered information about policy changes proposed by candidates, political parties and interest groups, then carried out a short review of existing evidence about the effects of such policies. We looked at evidence from the UK and from other countries where similar, or apparently similar, regulations are already in place and developed a framework with which to analyse the impacts of policy change.