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Additional information

In May 2017 the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government commissioned a consortium from NatCen Social Research and Muttonbird 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.


Survey background 

Previous governments have carried out national surveys of private landlords in England (eg, in 2001, 2003, 2006 and 2010). 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.


Overall approach

Unlike previous surveys that used the English Housing Survey to make contact with and carry out face-to-face interviews via the private rented housing stock / households, 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. 

Landlords and agents will be invited to complete the survey via their TDP scheme. 

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 May 2017.  The first phase Pilot completed at the end of 2017. The second phase main stage survey began in January 2017.

The mainstage survey fieldwork is being carried out over the months of March and April 2018 with the project working towards publishing findings in late summer / autumn 2018. 



If you have any questions regarding the research project, feel free to contact the project research manager, Shane Brownie, at