In October 2020 the Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government (now the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities) commissioned NatCen Social Research to undertake a national survey of private landlords and letting agents in England. The aim of the survey is to provide information to help the government monitor progress towards its policy aims and develop initiatives that meet the needs of landlords and tenants.
Background to the survey
Previous governments have carried out national surveys of private landlords in England (eg, in 2001, 2003, 2006, 2010 and 2018). The types of topics to be covered in the survey 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.
As in 2018, the EPLS will be carried out online with private landlords and letting agents in England who are registered with one of the three government-backed Tenancy Deposit Protection (TDP) schemes. Natcen will send out invites to agents and landlords containing a URL and an access code. The survey is being conducted in two phases, with the first involving a pilot of the survey approach and questionnaire and the second the mainstage survey.
The survey was commissioned in October 2020, but was delayed heavily by the Coronavirus pandemic. The first phase Pilot completed on the 5th of November 2021. The second phase main stage survey began on the 25th of November 2021.
The mainstage survey fieldwork is being carried out over the months of November and December with the project working towards publishing findings in Spring 2022.
If you have any questions regarding the research project, feel free to contact the project research manager, Sarah Frankenburg, firstname.lastname@example.org.