Landlords UK: Understanding private landlords and their impact on policy

Landlords UK
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Date(s) - 04/07/2013
4:30 pm - 6:15 pm

Strategic Society Centre

Speakers at this event will include:

  • Clive Betts MP, Chair, Communities and Local Government Committee
  • Kay Boycott, Director of Communications, Policy & Campaigns, Shelter
  • Dan Knowles, The Economist
  • Kate Faulkner, Designs on Property
  • James Lloyd, Director, Strategic Society Centre
  • Matt Barnes, Research Director, NatCen

The event will be chaired by Isabel Hardman of The Spectator.

Twitter hashtag: #landlordsuk

The number of private landlords in the UK has grown steadily over the last decade. Simultaneously, the rate of home-ownership among younger people has plunged.

Private landlords have a powerful role in the lives of millions of tenants, and trends in the private rented sector have enormous social and economic significance. However, policymakers and politicians have always lacked detailed evidence on who private landlords actually are, their motivations, and how their financial circumstances compare to other homeowners, as well as tenants in the private rented sector.

This event will see the launch of brand new quantitative research from the Strategic Society Centre providing a detailed picture of the UK’s private landlords. The event will also explore the policy and societal implications of the research for the regulation of landlords, and the government’s efforts to boost home-ownership and affordability.

The event will explore:

  • What are the social, demographic and financial characteristics of the UK’s private landlords?
  • What motivates private landlords? Are they struggling to make ends meet?
  • What impact do private landlords have on government objectives for housing and other policy areas?
  • Are landlords squeezing young people out of property-ownership, and if so, how? What are the implications for young people’s asset accumulation and pension saving?

This event is free and open to all; however, registration is required.

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