[17.09.21] Analysis of Private Rented Sector Policies and Measures
This analysis assesses existing policies in the PRS, reviewing intervention strategies aimed at advancing measures to address energy poverty among vulnerable households.
The objective was to investigate the aims, content and structure of policies and identify some of the wider structural challenges in the type of support currently available to energy-poor households.
The analysis does not aim to be comprehensive or exhaustive; rather its objective is to provide indicative insights into the overall typology of support measures and interventions. Given that a global review with a similar conceptual remit has not been undertaken to date, this document proposes a framing to help develop methodological tools and analytical approaches for future investigations in the domain. Policies have been identified based on publicly available, non-confidential and non-personal information.
Data was collected by experts from the ENPOR consortium. Given the rarity of PRS-targeted initiatives, we did not use any special criteria in the selection of measures, other than containing some form of specialized support aimed at PRS tenants and/or landlords. This resulted in the collection of a diverse set of measures operating at different governance scales, and with highly variegated programmatic objectives. The report consists of three sections. First, we review and discuss the measures that we have collected, based on several criteria, including who is implementing the policy, who
the policy is targeted at, geographical and temporal scopes, whether vulnerable tenants are included, and whether some forms of public participation are involved in the decision-making process. We then provide an analytical summary of the policies based on well-established energy justice principles, followed by a conclusion with recommendations identifying gaps in present knowledge and practice, and suggestions for areas of further work.