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Rent Stabilisation



Earlier in the week Jersey’s Minister for Housing and Communities declared that he intended to “propose rent stabilisation measures in the new Residential Tenancy Law”.

Rent stabilisation and control policies have been long debated for their potential impact on housing markets, with varying outcomes and success.

On the positive side rent stabilisation policies aim to make housing more affordable and prevent sudden rent hikes, offering tenants greater financial stability. In a small market like Jersey, where housing demand may outstrip supply, such policies can protect residents from being priced out of their homes. Furthermore, the control of rent increases can promote longer leases and potentially offer both landlords and tenants more security. It can also promote economic and social equity by making housing more accessible to those on lower and middle incomes.

On the flip side rent controls can deter investment, both in terms of new housing developments and in improving existing stock. In a constrained market like Jersey’s, where land availability is limited, the prospect of capped returns on investment might dissuade developers from undertaking new projects, exacerbating housing shortages. Landlords might also be less inclined to maintain or improve rental properties if rent stabilisation policies limit their ability to adjust rents . Over time, this could lead to a deterioration in the quality of housing stock, affecting the overall attractiveness and livability of the area. Looking to the UK, it seems that a recent attempt at implementing such controls in Scotland have had a raft of unintended consequences underlining the potential pitfalls of what are otherwise well-intended interventions. This was highlighted in The Guardian article last year: ‘Loophole in Scotland’s rent controls sees new tenants facing largest rises in UK’.

The introduction of rent stabilisation or control could be the final straw for local investors and landlords who have already been impacted by recent regulation and red tape. Whilst for some, realignment of capital values could be a welcome outcome, for others, a further stalling of the market could have a debilitating affect on existing owner-occupiers and there could well be knock-on effects through transaction chains into the wider market.

Whilst few dispute the challenges facing tenants in the current climate, implementing rent stabilisation requires a careful balance to avoid unintended consequences and it is vital that Jersey’s economists and policy makers engage fully with all stakeholders before bringing forward any proposals.


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