'Between a rock and a hard place': The failure to agree on regulation for the private rented sector in England

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The private rented sector in England presents a number of widely-acknowledged problems for the policy maker including relatively poor property conditions and sometimes low management standards. There are a number of intractable obstacles to dealing with these problems, including an inability to agree on how the sector should be regulated, extreme variation in letting arrangements, a lack of clarity on the relationship between regulation and supply, industry distrust of regulation, and an anti-landlord culture.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)937-945
Number of pages8
JournalHousing Studies
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2003


  • private rented housing
  • landlords
  • regulation

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