The recently published ‘Ball Report’ has been requested by the House of Commons to be used as a reference paper for future debates, something which reflects the hard work and compelling nature of RLA campaigning recently.
Professor Michael Ball’s report, which was commissioned for the RLA, titled “Why governments should not enforce long-term contracts in the UK’s private rented sector” was published in October and contributed to the on-going debate around the role of longer tenancies and rent controls in a UK perspective.
The report has been available to members and anyone else interested in the debate and now part of the ‘internal network’ via the library catalogue. This means that the document will be available to Members of Parliament and Peers in connection to their parliamentary duties.
The library provides parliamentary pass holders access to documents to help their research when discussing topics and the RLA is excited to confirm the availability of the ‘Ball Report’ to Parliamentary members and peers especially as debate over the role and regulations of the private rented sector (PRS) continues.
Professor Ball’s report “Why governments should not enforce long-term contracts in the UK’s private rented sector” challenges arguments made over the past year that tenants needs more protection in their tenancies.
Shelter, amongst others, has argued that tenants would benefit from a standard five year tenancy agreement, as is common in countries across Europe. The RLA through Professor Ball challenges these claims by looking at the UK and the current role private renting plays within the national economy and make-up of communities.
The RLA is also against rent controls which were being touted as a long-term plan for regulating the sector. Professor Ball’s report looks at the arguments in greater detail, but historically speaking rent controls have not worked for the UK.
Visit the bespoke Ball report website longertermtenancies.com for more information and links to download the document. Hopefully this will provide you with an interesting read and will frame future debates within the PRS.