PRS research by The Institute for Public Policy Research

PRS research by The Institute for Public Policy Research

9:16 AM, 15th March 2017, About 7 years ago 8

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I receive the email below from Generation Rent, and thought it might be useful to get input from the tenants of decent landlords.

Therefore you may want to pass this on to your tenants.


Dear Michael,

The Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) is carrying out research into the private rented sector (PRS) in the UK, and is looking to understand the views of tenants and residents currently living in the PRS.

They are interested in learning about your experiences and keen to know your views on what works, what might need to be changed, and what your ideal tenancy would look like.

This survey should take no longer than 10 minutes to complete, and has 17 questions in total.

You do not have to answer all these questions, but they would appreciate your responses on as many of these as you feel able to complete.

All your answers will be anonymous and IPPR will not use any information you provide to identify you, or contact you.

Complete survey here:

Please complete the survey once only, and please share with your friends, family, and colleagues if they too are private renters in the UK.

You have until 5pm on Friday 24th March, when the survey will close.

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Annie Landlord

16:35 PM, 15th March 2017, About 7 years ago

Well as a 'what do you want as a tenant' I guess the questions are reasonable, though I don't know where they get the idea from that landlords can give just one month's notice. There are no questions about the tenant's conduct of their tenancy, eg. are you or have you been in arrears, and was this the reason for the landlord ending the tenancy? Or indeed, how many times have you moved within the PRS of your own volition?
Not sure what they expect to achieve with the limitations of the questionnaire


12:26 PM, 18th March 2017, About 7 years ago

Reply to the comment left by "Annie Landlord" at "15/03/2017 - 16:35":

I agree.
This appears to be a rather unsubtle landlord bash again.
I would prefer that the IPPR also formulate a questionnaire for landlords and what we want in order to present an equal opportunity platform.

Dr Monty Drawbridge

12:39 PM, 18th March 2017, About 7 years ago


"If there were to be a minimum tenancy length to be offered by landlords (with tenants still having the option to give notice during this period), how many years should a minimum tenancy offer be?" Longer.

If I were a tenant I would obviously choose the longest in my interest as there is no reciprocal compromise.

It is as meaningless as asking "how much would you like your tenancy to be weighted in YOUR favour rather than your LANDLORDS?"

Is there an equivalent questionnaire for landlords?

Dr Monty Drawbridge

12:51 PM, 18th March 2017, About 7 years ago

The questionnaire should at least include something like "in return for a longer minimum tenancy (during which the tenant can still give notice at any time) would you be prepared to accept a fast track eviction process if you were in breach of your contract, e.g. you are in rent arrears; or causing damage to the property; or a nuisance towards neighbours?".

Rachel Hodge

14:25 PM, 18th March 2017, About 7 years ago

The results of the survey will definitely be used to attack LLs. I'm not helping them with it.

Michael Barnes

17:24 PM, 18th March 2017, About 7 years ago

Reply to the comment left by "Rachel Hodge" at "18/03/2017 - 14:25":

Whilst you may be right, I see this as an opportunity to get input from more-moderate tenants rather than the activists that would normally respond.

Landlords on this forum are often saying how they have long term tenants with no rent increases for years, so it seems to me that they are likely to give favourable responses.

Rachel Hodge

17:35 PM, 18th March 2017, About 7 years ago

Reply to the comment left by "Michael Barnes" at "18/03/2017 - 17:24":

Yes, you're right, it's no good taking no action; but since GR are commissioning the survey, I think the respondents are going to moan, so any positive responses will be swamped.

Annie Landlord

18:51 PM, 18th March 2017, About 7 years ago

Maybe Property 118 could run a similar survey for landlords, but a sensible one that isn't formulated to produce certain results. The GR questionnaire is obviously designed to produce predetermined outcomes that support their campaign: i.e. tenants would like cheaper rents and longer tenancies.
The questions simply do not empower tenants who are happy with their landlord, property and rent to say so.
What is desperately needed is a forum made up of tenants and landlords to encourage open and constructive debate. This polarisation is damaging for everyone and helps no-one.
I'm wondering if a local council somewhere would be willing to host such a forum.

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