Mark Allan, CEO of student accommodation provider Unite, today said that the Rugg Review on the private rented sector did not address the demands of the industry.

He said today: ‘Whilst the Rugg report makes an important contribution to the private rented sector debate, we feel its emphasis on regulation of private landlords misses an opportunity, failing to address the demand driven, customer lead nature of the private rented sector.’

Allan said that while the report acknowledge the role ‘of the professional student accommodation providers in maintaining balanced communities’ it failed to recognise the drive for growth that comes from large scale institutional investment.

Unite believes that much more research is needed into the private rented sector. Future policies need to recognise changes in the way people choose to live in modern Britain,’ said Allan.