in the press | 27.07.2020 |

PhD researcher seeks input from landlords to better understand investment behaviours

University of Glasgow PhD Student, and UBDC associate, Andrew Watson has been interviewed by Scottish Housing News for an article entitled 'Private landlords sought to inform PhD research into behaviours and management practices'.

The piece highlights the main objectives of his research, which are to understand landlord financial decision making and risk management practices and to identify how these affect private rented sector (PRS) outcomes. Andrew will use this information to create best practice guidance to support landlords.

Andrew is keen to encourage PRS landlords to take this 20-minute anonymous survey to assist with the research, with those that take part also having the opportunity to win £200 of B&Q vouchers.

He told Scottish Housing News:

“Unfortunately, very little is known about the decision-making processes that lead landlords to acquire or, in the case of accidental landlords, retain PRS property over the alternatives available. Little is also known about the methods and tools that they use to support this decision. There are similar gaps in our knowledge of the performance management and risk management activities undertaken by landlords to help deliver their objectives.

“As a result, we are currently unable to determine the extent to which specific landlord behaviours and management practices impact PRS outcomes. To address these knowledge gaps, we have created an exciting research project, which seeks to better understand landlord financial behaviours and practices with a view to creating best practice guidance that landlords can use to support their PRS journey.

“In addition to supporting landlords, the research will benefit the sector in general by supporting sustainable investment patterns focused on quality housing.”

The full article is available on the Scottish Housing News website.


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