Research: Landlord portfolio management, past and future

By: Cambridge Centre for Housing and Planning Research  Published: July 2017

This research by the Cambridge Centre for Housing and Planning Research and funded by Shelter, explores how landlords manage their portfolios and make decisions over buying and selling stock, how landlords manage their businesses, how this might affect tenants and how this might change in the future.


The private sector provides homes for millions of people, including an increasing number of families. This means that an increasingly large number of people are exposed to the decisions that landlords make about their portfolios. Landlords are a diverse group of people and institutions, and little is known about what motivates and informs their business decisions and what might cause them to change their practices.

The research involved in depth interviews with a range of private landlords in England exploring how they made decisions over buying and selling stock, and how they may respond to recent tax changes and developments in the wider economy.


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