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Policing rental sector to be a focus of new research project

Two housing organisations have come together to fund a major research programme to improve standards in the private rental sector.

They are the TDS Charitable Foundation and the SafeDeposits Scotland Charitable Trust. They have provided £300,000 for a three year research programme covering the whole UK, conducted by a consortium of 14 institutions led by the University of Glasgow.

In the first year of research, researchers will focus on three issues. 


The first is to take a global look at dispute resolution and to examine the principles, practices, and approaches that could be applied to UK housing contexts to make it easier for landlords and tenants to resolve disputes.

The team will then turn to tackling low standards in the private rented sector and explore the challenges that local authorities across the UK have in enforcing legislation, as well as possibilities for future improvement.

Lastly, researchers will examine the discrepancy across the UK between the number of private rental sector tenancies and the number of protected deposits. Despite legislation, evidence suggests that a significant number of deposits are currently not legally protected. The team will aim to identify measures to help make sure that more deposits are protected.

Dr Jennifer Harris, senior research associate for the 14-body consortium known as the UK Collaborative Centre for Housing Evidence, says: “Debate continues over how policy can most effectively respond to changes in the private rented sector and this research programme will produce findings that are relevant to the challenges, policy responses and nature of the private rental sector across the UK.”

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    And when the survey has been completed ..................not much will change but there will be a lot of recommendations which will mostly be ignored and forgotten about. Remember the Planning Regs about "To Let" boards which have been in force for over two decades and nobody much takes a blind bit of notice to enforce them. (Not enough resources,see!)

  • PossessionFriendUK PossessionFriend

    The PRS needs more regulation like you need a hole in your head !

    More enforcement against the very few bad housing providers - ( that's both Private AND Social sectors ) and also an Effective means of redress against Criminal Tenants.

    The Civil Justice [sic ] system is a joke !

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    • 18 June 2019 09:18 AM

    I agreee. Even the courts are taking sides base on who provide the evidence without any legal training or learning about the interpretation of the law. In other countries, Judges must have a legal background in order to have a basic foundation as to interpretation of the law and knowing the law in depth. Unfortunately, this is not the case in UK. How sad to see the legal justice system is going downhill whilst other countries which follow our legal system is moving forward.


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