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The private rented sector (PRS) has grown phenomenally in the UK over the past two decades and this trend is apparent in all of the Core Cities. Remarkably, the scale of PRS growth has not been planned or predicted by national or local government, which raises questions around whether new policy or regulatory responses may be required. The purpose of this report is to better understand the scale of growth in the private rented sector, the characteristics of the sector and those involved, and how all of this is impacting upon the ten individual core cities. The report provides an evidence base and stimulus for Core Cities Cabinet to consider future policy proposals.