1st Edition

Regulating the Privately Rented Housing Sector Evidence into Practice

Edited By Jill Stewart, Russell Moffatt Copyright 2022
    138 Pages 5 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book explores theory and practice in the complex policy area of privately rented housing in England, with a particular focus on environmental and public health. Bringing together a range of both academic and practicing experts in the field, it responds to the rapid growth and changing nature of the sector and considers the range of options available to local authorities in ensuring more effective regulation strategies.

    This book:

    • Creates a key, up-to-date professional resource for housing regulation based on road-tested academic course material.
    • Breaks down strategies and practices to an implementational level.
    • Provides impetus to leaders, practitioners, and students to both deliver and reflect on improved regulation.
    • Explores responses to various stakeholder needs through the lens of protecting and supporting tenants.

    This book will interest professionals working in public health, housing, and local authorities, as well as environmental health and housing academia. Students across environmental health, social work, nursing, and other disciplines will also find this appealing.

    1. Introduction to understanding the private rented sector

    Julie Rugg

    2. The Private Rented Sector and the Meaning of Home

    Jill Stewart and Zena Lynch

    3. Perspectives on the regulatory framework and intervention

    Jill Stewart and Zena Lynch

    4. Partnerships of prevention: beyond regulation

    Ellis Turner

    5. Practical Problems Before the Courts and Tribunals

    David Smith

    6. The Shadow Private Rented Sector Examined

    Ben Reeve-Lewis

    7. Making more effective intervention choices

    David Beach

    8. The Housing Health and Safety Rating System (HHSRS): a practitioner’s perspective

    Alex Donald

    9. Regulating Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs)

    Louise Harford and Kevin Thompson

    10. Housing Act 2004 Property Licensing Schemes

    Henry Dawson and Richard Tacagni

    11. Advanced regulatory skills and practical evidence gathering

    Paul Oatt

    12. Embedding Research on Public Health and Housing into Practice

    Matt Egan, Chiara Rinaldi, Jakob Petersen, et al

    13. Developing Effective PRS Regulatory Strategies

    Russell Moffatt


    Jill Stewart has worked in housing for over 30 years, as practitioner then academic in London Universities. She has published numerous books and papers and presented widely in the field, working with others on a range of funded projects. She co-created an innovative post graduate CPD course with Russell Moffatt in Advanced Private Sector Housing Regulation to help develop the workforce. The second edition of her book Environmental Health and Housing was co-authored with Zena Lynch and published in 2018.

    Russell Moffatt is a Chartered Environmental Health Practitioner specialising in private housing regulation and has worked on the frontline in London for 20 years. He qualified with a B.Sc. (Hons) Environmental Health at Greenwich University in 2002 and achieved his Masters in Public Health at King’s College, London in 2006. Russell is a cofounder of Metastreet Ltd and co-created a post graduate CPD course with Dr Jill Stewart in Advanced Private Sector Housing Regulation.