The new report was published as part of the ENPOR project entitled “Structural Factors Impacting Energy Efficiency Policy Implementation in the European Private Rented Sector”.

This report examines the structural barriers preventing investment in energy efficiency measures in Europe’s Private Rented Sector housing stock. The analysis is undertaken with reference to the broader trends in private renting, the regulatory landscape that currently exists, and the need to reduce social vulnerability and income poverty more generally. The analysis consists of an introduction detailing historical and geographical trends in Europe, using case studies and elaborating upon research and policy analysis from previous ENPOR project reports. Partners from the ENPOR Consortium also provided expert situated viewpoints, which were drawn together to provide a holistic overview of factors contributing to the key barriers, as well as suggesting potential solutions from a multi-stakeholder perspective, supplemented by the survey’s findings.

Little data exists on the private rented sector in post-communist Central and Eastern Europe countries. In Hungary, a 2000 study found that no statistical data existed on the private rented sector, although rates tended to be under 10% (Erdosi et al., 2000), whilst in Croatia, according to the report “Housing Policy Reforms in Post-Socialist Europe”, is suggested that sector is functioning within the informal economy to a large extent

As a result of a lack of data collection on the sector, lack of attention by state policies, and general data gap, the sector continues to operate largely informally and with the “negative corresponding attributes of grey market activity”. If it is not known how many people use the rented sector as housing, or if it is not adequately addressed by government policies, it will be difficult to properly target vulnerable tenants in private rented sector, or to create policies which address the specific needs of these stakeholders in general terms or with regards to energy efficiency, if they are politically and structurally invisible.