This is the third of three posts looking at the reasons for, incidence and implications of private landlords leaving the market. Part one used new research to quantify landlord churn; part two what causes it. This part looks at the options for reducing the impact that landlord churn has on tenants.
This is the second of three posts looking at the reasons for, incidence and implications of private landlords leaving the market. Part one used new research to quantify landlord churn. This post considers what causes it. Part three – to be published tomorrow – will look at the options for reducing the impact that landlord churn has on tenants.
This is the first of three posts looking at the reasons for, incidence and implications of private landlords leaving the market. This part will use new research to quantify landlord churn. Part two – to be published tomorrow – will consider what causes it. Part three will look at the options for reducing the impact that landlord churn has on tenants.
For a long time, landlord churn – the rate that landlords enter and leave the market – has been … Read more
It’s hard to believe that Kirstie and Phil started presenting Channel 4’s Location, Location, Location way back in May 2000.
The first episode is well-worth a watch. Watch it to chuckle at the dated fashions and dodgy camerawork, if you must. But the main attraction is, of course, how unbelievably cheap all the properties are.
So as an experiment we tracked them all down to find out how much they are worth now.
The results are mind-boggling.Inflation, inflation, … Read more
With many private renters struggling to make ends meet, anything that makes renting more affordable would be exceptionally welcome. But does this mean England’s affordability crisis is over? Unfortunately not.Are private rents actually falling?
It depends who you believe…Down: In April, estate agent group Countrywide reported that rents across Great Britain had fallen in the year to March 2017 by 0.3% Mixed:… Read more
Rental fraud usually follows a similar pattern: someone posing as a landlord or letting agent shows a prospective tenant around a property. When the person looking at the property says they like it, the purported landlord/agent asks them to pay an immediate up-front holding deposit (a sum that is often taken to reserve a property in advance of referencing, signing contracts, etc.) often in cash.
The prospective tenant pays the sum (which can be several hundred … Read more
In England, a shocking three in ten private renters worried about losing their home in the last year. Shelter’s John Bibby finds out why.
So, why would three in ten private renters in England have worried about losing their home? High or increasing rent costs? Perhaps, but our research shows even private renters who aren’t struggling to pay their rent are worrying about losing their home.
In fact, the leading reasons tenants give don’t relate to being able to pay … Read more
When Newham Council introduced the first borough-wide licensing scheme in 2013, it looked like a novel way to improve their booming private rented sector.
While licensing powers were originally introduced in the mid-2000s as a targeted tool to tackle anti-social behaviour, Newham’s ambition was much bigger. They adopted a borough wide scheme to integrate licensing with their other environmental health powers and crack down on rogue landlords and poor conditions too.
It’s an approach that has got results. In the … Read more
Private renting in England is exceptionally insecure. After the end of a typical six or twelve month contract, renters have no guarantee that their landlord will renew their tenancy or whether they will be asked to leave.
As a result, renters worry about losing their home and are put under financial strain by frequent moves. Ultimately renting insecurity is helping to fuel rising homelessness – and loss of a private rented tenancy is now the leading cause of homelessness.
This … Read more
We have long been campaigning for private renters to get more security from eviction, so they can make their house or flat a proper home.
So, on the face of it, the government’s promise that the changes in today’s Housing White Paper “will help renters have the security they need to be able to plan for the future” is great news. It follows on from the announcement of the letting fees ban, focussing on the concerns and … Read more
Affordable house building fell by more than half last year, the 2015/16 statistics show. But if that wasn’t bad enough, things get even worse when you dig down into the detail and look at how this affects different parts of the country. These five maps below should help you get a comprehensive grip of quite how terrible 2015/16 was for affordable house building.Total slump in affordable house building
The headline news – a 52% reduction in new affordable … Read more
The prime minister has spoken passionately about her desire to give ordinary working class families ‘control over their lives’. More and more working class families now live in private rented homes. So finding a way to give private tenants a greater sense of control is going to be key to fulfilling the prime minister’s ambition.