Coherent and robust statistics are key to understanding the private rented sector and the way in which it is changing. Whilst a wide range of statistics provide a considerable amount of information, there are still several gaps in what we know about the sector. This briefing paper identifies and provides a critical commentary of the main data sets which are available across the UK.
- There are 30 key data sets that could be used to estimate the size of the PRS in each jurisdiction.
- Lack of information on landlord behaviour and a lack of disaggregated and granular geographical data are important data gaps.
- Whilst there have been some encouraging developments, there needs to be continued and sustained emphasis on the development of private rented sector data by UK government statistical agencies
Timeline: December 2019 – March 2020
Team: Dr Jennifer Harris (Lead Researcher), Professor Alex Marsh (Co-Investigator and Theme Lead), and Dr Gareth James (Knowledge Exchange)
Briefing paper: UK private rented sector data