The English Private Landlord Survey
We would like to hear from landlords and letting agents in England about their views and experiences of private renting.
We are inviting landlords and letting agents from across England to take part in the survey.
The more landlords and agents who take part, the more accurate the results will be.
If you have been invited to take part, you will have received a letter or email invitation from one of the following three government backed Tenancy Deposit Schemes:
The email will provide you with a unique 6 digit code and a web-link to enable you to complete the survey online.
Why take part?
The English Private Landlord Survey will be the most authoritative evidence source on the profile and views of private landlords and their agents in England.
The results will help inform future government policy about the private rented sector.
The findings will be presented to government ministers and officials as well as professionals and commentators in the private rented sector and we expect the findings to gain media attention.
What will I receive for taking part?
All those who take part have the opportunity to go into a prize draw for one of ten annual memberships of either the National Landlords Association or the Residential Landlords Association valued at up to £100. The terms and conditions of this draw can be found here.
Benefits of membership include:
- Landlord information resources;
- Best practice tenancy agreements, forms, letters and guides;
- Expert Telephone Advice Line;
- Subscription to the bi-monthly 'UK Landlord' (NLA membership only);
- Discounted rates on landlord and property training courses and conferences.
What type of questions will I need to answer?
You will be asked to select answers from a range of questions on different topics. The types of topics include:
- Lettings and tenancy policy and practice.
- Landlord finances and taxation.
- Future investment plans.
- Willingness to rent to different types of tenants.
- The benefits system.
- Energy efficiency and safety.
- Awareness of and compliance with government requirements.
If the survey raises any questions for you as a landlord, you may like to refer to the government’s online guide 'How to Rent', that sets out the rights and responsibilities of both tenants and landlords.
How is the survey funded?
The survey is funded by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government to help inform the government’s approach to improving the quality and management of the private rented sector.
More information on the survey can be found on the government’s website here.
You can find a copy of the previous government funded private landlord survey that took place in 2010 here.
How we protect your information
We will treat the information you give us in the strictest confidence under the Data Protection Act 1998. No one will be able to identify any landlord, agent, property or tenant from the survey data or findings. You can find out more about how we protect your information here.
Why have I been selected to take part?
Our researchers have selected an anonymised sample of landlords and agents who have registered a deposit with one of the government backed recognised tenancy deposit schemes.
This sample was then handed back to the tenancy deposit schemes, who matched it against their records and invited landlords and agents to take part.
You can find more information about the English Private Landlord Survey project here.