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The private rented sector in the UK

The private rented sector has grown and evolved substantially over the last decade and a half. This change has been driven by diverse socio-economic, fiscal and political factors affecting demand and supply. While this growth has been substantial, it has moderated in the last couple of years.

As a consequence of the sector’s more central role in the housing system, standards in the private rented sector have become an issue of much greater political salience.

The regulation of the private rented sector has changed substantially recently, particularly in Scotland and Wales, with more change in prospects. Policy in England is, to some extent, in the process of catching up with developments elsewhere.

Author(s): Ken Gibb, Alex Marsh
Published: 30 July 2019
Categorised in: Private rented sector
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