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Private Rented Sector

The Centre for Comparative Housing Research and OTB Research Institute for the Built Environment at Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands have completed a project for Communities and Local Government entitled ‘Promoting Investment in Private Rented Housing Supply: International Policy Comparisons’.

This study investigated the range of policy frameworks in place in high income countries to promote investment in private rented housing supply.

The private rented housing sector in several countries was compared with England, although the policy related conclusions from this study apply more broadly to the UK.

The main report includes a detailed comparison with the private rented housing sector in Australia, France, Germany and the USA.

Additional country reports that formed part of this project are available from the following links:

Belgium Flanders  




New Zealand  




A PRS Data Review for a wider group of countries is also available from this link.

As a result of this project, Tim Brown has been appointed as a member of a government review panel on ‘institutional investment in the private rented sector’ – see and

The panel will be makings its recommendations to the government in late summer 2012.

For further information about the CCHR’s work on the PRS contact Professor Michael Oxley 0116 257 7434.

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