Postgraduate seeks help with research on legislation affecting landlords

Postgraduate seeks help with research on legislation affecting landlords

12:07 PM, 4th June 2016, About 5 years ago 12

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Landlords, do you know all the changes impacting your property portfolio? Postgraduate seeks help with research on landlords

I am a postgraduate student currently completing a research project looking at the impact the recent legislative changes and proposed legislative changes will have on residential buy to let landlords. Whilst many landlords are aware of the major announcements surrounding the reduction of finance cost relief and 3% stamp duty levy, there are many other changes being introduced which have not been as widely publicised, which could affect landlords profit margins and methods of operating.

I am currently in the process of completing an empirical study, and need as many landlords as possible from England and Wales to complete the questionnaire below so I am able to form a valid conclusion as to what the impact of the changes are going to be, both combined and individually, on landlords and the wider community. The more landlords who complete the questionnaire, which should take no more than 10 minutes of your time, the more accurate the research will be and possibly more useful for the landlords cause. Additionally, the questionnaire may bring to your attention changes that you are not aware of, and highlight potential implications on your own portfolio.

Due to the nature of the research, the questionnaire requires some sensitive data, however I am not asking you to provide you name or you contact details so you can rest assurred that at no point will I contact you after receiving the completed questionnaire, and that your anonymity is your guarantee of confidentiality.

I have promised to submit the results of my finding, together with my conclusions to

Meanwhile, if you would like to contact me, my email address is:

All the best


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by Mark Alexander

12:11 PM, 4th June 2016, About 5 years ago

Hi Natasha

I can see how much research you've done already just to complete a form with question of this quality.

I hope that a lot of Property118 members take time to complete it and I look forward to reading your conclusions too.

You should receive my completed form within the next 10 minutes or so.

All the best

Mark Alexander - founder of

by Old Mrs Landlord

13:43 PM, 4th June 2016, About 5 years ago

Mark, Q. 1 asks about awareness of BOE regulation twice so I wouldn't describe it as high quality..

by Mark Alexander

13:55 PM, 4th June 2016, About 5 years ago

Reply to the comment left by "Old Mrs Landlord" at "04/06/2016 - 13:43":

That's my mistake, I will correct it when I get home.

I had to recreate the form, from scratch, using html tables. E&OE

by Nick Pope

15:19 PM, 4th June 2016, About 5 years ago

Good questionaire. Might have been easier if the issues were repeated in the last question but you can copy, paste and re-order.

It prompted me to consider the effect on my benefits tenants who have been with me for years. If I am forced to raise their rents (I don't mind subsidising them a bit) it comes directly out of their pockets so they have less to feed and clothe their kids.

I'm not sure that's what Osborne wanted.

by Mark Alexander

15:35 PM, 4th June 2016, About 5 years ago

Reply to the comment left by "Nick Pope" at "04/06/2016 - 15:19":

The paper questionnaire dos exactly that Nick but I couldn't find a way to create it in a dynamic html form. I'm sure it can be done but it's beyond my skills.

by Rachel Hodge

15:35 PM, 4th June 2016, About 5 years ago


Last question could do with re-structuring. I just typed the two most important issues to me; didn't bother with anymore, as they weren't list out to prioritise, and the remaining options don't affect me significantly, if at all presently.

by Old Mrs Landlord

17:29 PM, 4th June 2016, About 5 years ago

Reply to the comment left by "Mark Alexander" at "04/06/2016 - 13:55":

Oh, right, I understand. I await to see what the eleventh question should have been, just out of interest though, as I have already submitted my form. I had difficulty ranking the changes affecting landlords from one to eleven as only two or three actually affect me. One tip for others completing the questionnaire, don't divide figures up with commas as you'll only have to go through deleting them later. I've just seen that Rachel Hodge had the same problem with the final question so I agree, it could do with amendment.

by Mark Alexander

17:40 PM, 4th June 2016, About 5 years ago

I will do what I can when I'm back at my PC but I can't promise it will be perfect. The form that Natasha sent me was incredibly difficult to recreate. Natasha's original proposal was to download the form as a word document and email it to her. I felt that wasn't a good idea on the basis that anonymity would be compromised on that basis, and given the level of very private information being shared and not knowing whether Natasha is ICO data protection compliant, which I very much doubt, that just wouldn't have been right.

by Mark Alexander

19:32 PM, 4th June 2016, About 5 years ago

PS, I only rated three of the 11 points as they are the only ones that really affect me. I did not that I disagree with the others too though.

by Rachel Hodge

19:44 PM, 4th June 2016, About 5 years ago

It's good that data protection is being considered so that Natasha won't have any problems using/publishing the responses to the research questionnaire.

That was never an issue back in the day when I was doing my research for my dissertation - actual response was the issue. And I must have *posted* (via Royal Mail) 150 questionnaires! (Christ, thank God for technology).

I think an option for "happy to be contacted for further questioning" should be included, as well as "no need for anonymity".

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