Latest News

TDS – How to reduce pet-related tenancy deposit disputes

27 November 2020

Sandy Bastin, Head of Adjudication Services at Tenancy Deposit Scheme (TDS), discusses the debate on whether owners and agents should allow tenants to keep pets in private rented properties given the spike in pet ownership since the Coronavirus pandemic began. Read More...

Consultation on Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors

26 November 2020

The Government has opened a consultation on mandatory installation of smoke and carbon monoxide detectors in England. While the consultation, which closes on 11 January 2021, primarily focuses on social housing it also covers aspects of the private rented sector and is an opportunity to make the case for reform of existing regulations, where they could be improved. Read More...

More work needed on Building Safety Bill in order to protect leaseholders

25 November 2020

The Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee released their report on the draft Building Safety Bill this week outlining their concerns that the draft does not do enough to protect leaseholders. Read More...

Propertymark backs NRLA calls for a Welsh Housing Survey

Monday 19 October 2020

Propertymark has joined up with the National Residential Landlords Association (NRLA) Wales in their campaign for political parties to commit to expanding the evidence base for housing by introducing a Welsh Housing Survey (WHS).

In the NRLA’s press release, the call comes as the Senedd is in the process of passing its fourth Bill affecting the private rented sector in six years without any comprehensive, government-commissioned data set for housing to support good policymaking.

A joint letter from the NRLA, Propertymark, and other housing bodies calling for a survey was sent to the Welsh Government and argued that the long-running English Housing Survey, in place since 1967, is an aspirational model due to the volume of data it collects. Adopting a similar model for Wales would allow for greater comparability and accountability between the nations.

A Welsh Housing Survey would collect a wealth of information such as data on the proportion of private rented sector tenancies ended by the tenant, the levels of satisfaction among social renters, and the percentage of owner-occupied homes that are under-occupied.

Wales currently builds data on housing through the National Survey for Wales and the Housing Conditions Evidence Programme. The NRLA says this falls far short of what a WHS would deliver.

Quote mark

Accurate data, statistics, and evidence are vital for good policymaking. Therefore, we are pleased to join calls with other organisations in the sector for a Welsh Housing Survey. Housing plays a vital role in people’s lives and property standards, the role of agents and the actions of landlords and tenants, as well as home buyers and sellers, needs to be better captured in order to ensure policymakers have an accurate view of the industry and ultimately make the right decisions.

Timothy Douglas

Timothy Douglas
Policy and Campaigns Manager

With COVID-19 forcing prioritisation of public spending, NRLA Wales is keen to reassure policymakers that the survey will provide value-for-money, with the benefits of evidence-backed policy making and evaluation far outweighing the potential modest cost of the survey.

Quote mark

We’re very pleased to launch our campaign for a Welsh Housing Survey - calling for better data collection so those operating in government and the housing sector are more informed when making policy.

The fact we have secured the support of a wide range of organisations across Wales demonstrates the consensus that housing professionals and households alike recognise the need for government-commissioned, comprehensive data for housing.

A Welsh Housing Survey would prove good value-for-money throughout and post-pandemic and will pay dividends in the information it can provide policymakers.

We hope that these facts will prove to political parties the merits of our proposal and they will adopt it in their manifestos as they aim to form the next Welsh Government next spring.

Ben Beadle, NRLA Chief Executive