The leading landlord trade body wants a new and regular study of housing in Wales, to make its politicians better-informed.
The National Residential Landlords Association in Wales has launched its campaign for a Welsh Housing Survey along the lines of the respected English Housing Survey.
The call comes as the Senedd - the Welsh parliament - is in the process of passing its fourth Bill affecting the private rented sector in six years. The NRLA says it is making this latest decision without any comprehensive, government-commissioned data to support good policy making.
The association argues that the long-running English Housing Survey, in place since 1967, is an aspirational model due to the volume of data it collects. Adopting a similar model for Wales would allow for greater comparability and accountability between the nations.
The NRLA call for a survey has been backed by the Chartered Institute for Housing, the Tenancy Deposit Scheme, the Royal Institute for Chartered Surveyors, Tai Pawb, and ARLA Propertymark.
The campaign has also been supported by Homes for All Cymru, an alliance of housing and housing related organisations in Wales that includes Shelter and Crisis among their members.
NRLA chief executive Ben Beadle says: “The fact we have secured the support of a wide range of organisations across Wales demonstrates the consensus that housing professionals and households alike recognise the need for government-commissioned, comprehensive data for housing.
“A Welsh Housing Survey would prove good value for money throughout and post-pandemic and will pay dividends in the information it can provide policymakers.
“We hope that these facts will prove to political parties the merits of our proposal and they will adopt it in their manifestos as they aim to form the next Welsh Government next spring.”