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Review of the Private Rented Sector: Volume 3: Views and experiences of landlords in the Private Rented Sector

DescriptionA major survey of private landlords to consider a range of questions including the tenancy regime, tenancy deposits, awareness of rights and responsibilities, attitudes to letting and future plans in the sector.
ISBN978 07559 74610
Official Print Publication DateMarch 2009
Website Publication DateMarch 24, 2009

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Professor ADH (Tony) Crook*, Professor Peter A Kemp^, Dr Ed Ferrari*
* University of Sheffield, Department of Town & Regional Planning, ^ University of Oxford, Department of Social Policy and Social Work
ISBN 978 0 7559 7461 0 (Web only publication)
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CONTENTS

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
Who are Scotland's landlords?
Acquiring and managing dwelling portfolios
The most recent letting
How the previous letting ended
Letting preferences
Letting to homeless people
Attitudes to letting
Advice, training and professional bodies
Future intentions
Views of focus group landlords

1 INTRODUCTION: AIM, OBJECTIVES AND METHODS
Aim
Objectives
Methods
Structure of the report

2 THE POLICY AND MARKET ENVIRONMENT
Introduction
The changing policy environment
Changing market environment
The size and distribution of private rented housing in Scotland
Who owns the private rented sector in Scotland? The evidence from previous studies

3 SCOTLAND'S LANDLORDS
Who are Scotland's landlords?

4 ACQUIRING AND MANAGING DWELLING PORTFOLIOS
Acquiring dwellings
Houses in multiple occupation
Portfolio size and dependency on rental income for business and income
Managing dwellings

5 LETTINGS
The most recent letting

6 LETTING PREFERENCES
Housing Benefit recipients
Most preferred tenants
Letting to homeless people

7 ATTITUDES TO LETTING

8 ADVICE, TRAINING AND PROFESSIONAL BODIES
Sources of advice
Membership of associations and other bodies
Training

9 RATES OF RETURN

10 FUTURE INTENTIONS

11 FINDINGS FROM THE FOCUS GROUPS
Introduction
Setting up the business
Finding property, running the business, and managing market and business risk
Finding tenants: general
Finding tenants: A8 Migrant workers
Housing homeless people and households
Letting properties: checking potential tenants, agreeing deposits and creating tenancies
Relationships with local councils and other organisations
The future
Policy changes

12 SUMMARY AND CONCLUSIONS
Changes to ownership and confidence in the sector
Views on specific policy initiatives
Rural areas
Implications of findings

REFERENCES

TECHNICAL APPENDIX

The views expressed in this report are those of the researcher and
do not necessarily represent those of the Department or Scottish Ministers.

This report is available on the Scottish Government Social Research website only
www.scotland.gov.uk/socialresearch.