Private Rented Sector

Status: Concluded. Follow-up report published on 20 March

The Communities and Local Government Committee conducted an inquiry into the private rented housing sector. The Committee invited submissions from interested parties and held a number of oral evidence sessions covering the quality and regulation of private rented housing, and levels of rent within the sector. It also visited Berlin to examine the German model and held informal meetings with tenants and landlords in the UK. The Committee published its report on 18 July 2013.

The Government response to the Committee's report was published on 16 October 2013, embracing many of the Committee's recommendations.

Update March 2015: In its 2013 report, responding to evidence of steep fees, sharp practice and abuses by letting agents in England, the Committee said it would seek out information on the ban on agents’ fees in Scotland and return to the issue in 2014. Since late last year the Committee has been gathering evidence from organisations representing tenants, landlords and agents in Scotland. Their surveys and analyses can be found in ‘Correspondence’ below.



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    • Reports and associated evidence – Reports of Committee inquires. This category may also include Special Reports where they are used by a Committee to bring matters relating to conduct of its business to the notice of the House.
    • Responses to Reports - Responses may be published as a Special Report, or as a Command Paper. They may also be appended to a Report should the Committee have substantial comments on the Response, in which case they can be found listed under Reports. 
    • Other oral and written evidence - Evidence taken by the Committee that has yet to or did not result in the publication of a Report. This includes transcripts of recent meetings.
    • Estimate Memoranda - An Estimate memorandum is an explanatory note that accompanies a government department’s estimate (a means by which a department seeks authority from Parliament for its spending plans).
    • Correspondence - Correspondence sent from or received by the Committee or its Chair.

Relevant debates in Parliament

Publication of Private Rented Sector Report

The Chair, Clive Betts launched the Committee's Report on the floor of the House of Commons on Thursday 18 July.

Related Previous Inquiries

The Committee investigated the financing of new housing supply looking at private, social and affordable housing. It reported in May 2012.

The Committee conducted an inquiry into regeneration, following the publication by the Government of Regeneration to enable growth: What Government is doing in support of community-led regeneration (PDF 262 KB).The Committee reported on 3 November 2011.

Related information

Current parliamentary material available on private rented housing including: select committee reports; briefing papers and Early Day Motions.