RESEARCH • May 2023

Residential rent regulations

Can there be a fair and balanced approach?


With the cost-of-living crisis focusing minds across the world on an intensifying housing affordability crisis and rising interest rates adding to mortgage finance costs forcing more people into the private rental market, residential rent regulations are becoming a key talking point.

In this paper, we discuss whether there can be a fair and balanced approach to rent regulations. We examine what we consider “good” and “bad” examples of rent regulation from around Europe, and how it could be possible to introduce fair regulations that benefit residents, policymakers and investors by encouraging longer tenancies and fairer terms that benefit all parties. Crucially, we call for a longer-term approach to housing policy in order to avoid knee-jerk regulations that suit the political climate of the day. 

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