Huge scale of new private rented sector survey is revealed

The enormous scale of the new English Private Landlord Survey has been revealed – together with confirmation that only invited letting agents and landlords can take part.

Shane Brownie, managing director of Mutton Research which has been contracted by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government to undertake the project, told EYE that 100,000 invitations have so far been sent out.

Brownie said: “We are hoping for a good response.”

The invitations have been sent out randomly to agents and landlords using one of the three tenancy deposit schemes.

Asked why non-invited agents and landlords could not complete the questionnaire, he said that if they did, this would skew the sampling.

Invitations to participate will go out until the end of next month, with the finished report due to be delivered in the autumn.

The results will help inform future government policy about the private rented sector.

It is the first such survey since 2010, but previous surveys have been on a smaller scale and used a different methodology.

Agents and landlords invited to take part will be sent letters or emails by the appropriate tenancy deposit scheme.

There is more information about it here:

http://natcen.ac.uk/taking-part/studies-in-field/the-english-private-landlord-survey/about/

https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/english-private-landlord-survey

The questionnaire itself is here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/689604/EPLS_FINAL_QUESTIONNAIRE_web.pdf

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