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The impact of regulatory reform on the private rented sector
The Department of Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC) is piloting legislation that will reform the regulation of the private rented sector in England (the Renters (Reform) Bill, 2023).

The Department of Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC) is piloting legislation that will reform the regulation of the private rented sector in England (the Renters (Reform) Bill, 2023).

All regulatory changes have the potential to influence the operation of a market. The question is the nature and extent of those changes and the market responses they elicit.

This report aims to review the evidence regarding the impacts that regulatory change in the private rental market might be expected to have on housing supply, quality, landlords’ investment/disinvestment decisions, and other important societal outcomes. The focus is on non-price regulation.

The core research questions are:

(1) What are the findings of research undertaken over the past twenty-five years on the relationship between regulation of the private rented sector and landlord investment behaviours?

(2) Is there empirical evidence that non-price regulation of the private rented sector results in disinvestment?

Author(s): Nicholas Harrington, Ken Gibb, Bob Smith, Alex Marsh
Published: 13 November 2023
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