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Government launches major private rented sector survey

Buy-to-let landlords and letting agents working in the private rented sector in England are being invited to offer their views in the biggest private rented sector survey for a decade.

The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government has asked NatCen, Britain’s largest independent social research agency, to contact more than 100,000 landlords and agents for the survey.

‘The more landlords and agents who take part, the more accurate the results will be’, said NetCen.

Landlords, who will be asked to provide information about their tenants and their experience of the PRS, will be selected from those who are registered with the three government tenancy deposit schemes, The Tenancy Deposit Scheme (TDS), The Deposit Protection Service (DPS), and mydeposits.

Once landlords have been invited to take part in the survey, they will receive a letter or email invitation, containing a unique six digit code and a web-link to enable them to complete the survey online.

They will be asked to select answers from a range of questions on different topics, with the types of topics including 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, as well as awareness of and compliance with government requirements.

NatCen claims that 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, which will be presented to government ministers and officials as well as professionals and commentators in the private rented sector, will help inform future government policy about the private rented sector.

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