The new government department, the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) is to survey private landlords, asking selected PRS landlords about their experiences operating a rentals business, and providing homes for their tenants.
The “English Private Landlord Survey” of more than 100,000 landlords and agents, is to be conducted by the independent social research agency NatCen. It aims to create “the most authoritative evidence source on the profile and views of private landlords and their agents in England”.
The survey will run for six weeks, March to April, and the invitation-only survey will ask landlords and agents chosen at random from those using Tenancy Deposit Protection schemes to take part.
The RLA says,
“This is the first time the Government has approached landlords directly and asked them to share their experiences in almost 10 years – so if you get an invitation to participate we would urge you to accept it.”
With more people than ever before living in rented housing in the UK, the government recognises the importance of the sector and wants to understand more about small-scale private landlords and and how the PRS operates.
The survey will ask questions about practicing landlords, their agents, what kind of properties they let, the tenants they are letting to, what problems they come up against most, and how the recent tax and regulations changes are impacting on their businesses.
The aim of the exercise is to more accurately understand the sector and inform future government policy.