OpenRent has defended the data in a poll it commissioned, and which was used by a peer in a House of Lords debate last week to suggest that most landlords are in favour of the tenant fee ban.
However, just 148 landlords were included in the poll – a fraction of the numbers of tenants who took part, and far smaller than the numbers of members of the public who were neither tenants nor landlords.
Speaking during the second reading of the Tenant Fees Bill in the House of Lords last week, Baroness Grender highlighted the OpenRent research showing that the majority of landlords support the tenant fee ban, despite industry concern that it will lead to increased costs for them.
Baroness Grender said: “The general public and tenants are overwhelmingly in support of the Bill and this change at 70% and 81% respectively, but the most compelling part of the survey is that 64% of landlords also support this policy.”
She went on to criticise letting agents, saying: “That begs the question: why are those who represent landlords lobbying against this Bill when most landlords want to do the right thing?”
However, on closer inspection of the survey, seen by EYE, just 148, or 7%, of the respondents to its YouGov poll were actually landlords, 651 were tenants and 1,285 were members of the public.
Sam Hurst, spokesman for OpenRent, told EYE that Baroness Grender’s summary of the data was fair, adding: “The survey was run by a reputable, independent and widely used company in YouGov, using an accepted methodology that generates many of the inferential statistical headlines that we all read in the news every day.”
The question and responses are below:
|The Government is considering making it illegal for landlords & letting agents to charge tenants any fees as a condition of renting a property. This includes referencing fees, admin fees, agency fees, holding fees, contract fees, etc. Tenants can still be asked for a refundable tenancy deposit, a refundable holding deposit and landlords/ agents will still be able to charge reasonable ‘default’ fees (e.g. paying £5 to replace a lost key) if they can show that they cost money (e.g. by producing a receipt). After reading this, would you say you support or oppose this plan to ban tenant fees? “|
|Rented out a property as a landlord||Rented a property as a tenant||Neither of these|
|Base: All GB adults||148||651||1285|
|Tend to support||40%||23%||32%|
|Tend to oppose||13%||7%||8%|