Update on Errors in English Private Landlords Survey

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11:50 AM, 15th August 2019
About 2 months ago

Update on Errors in English Private Landlords Survey

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Update on Errors in English Private Landlords Survey

I have received this email from the Govt EPLS Survey Dept:
Re English Private Landlord Survey and English Housing Survey
By email: From: EPLS Date: Tue, 13 Aug 2019 at 11:27
Subject: RE: English Private Landlord Survey and English Housing Survey

Many thanks for your email and your interest in the English Private Landlord Survey (EPLS). We agree with your concern about combining the ‘don’t know’ and ‘not applicable’ categories. This issue has already been identified as part of our regular survey review process, and noted as a point to change if we run further waves of the EPLS. This change would be applied not only for the gas safety check question, but for all questions that combine the two responses.
I hope this helps.
Kind regards,

So, this is good news – BUT – we need the Government to put a prominent note on the website to draw the attention of users of the data so that they do not keep repeating / proliferating errors.

Anyone for letter writing ? – Please write to your MP, the Housing Minister and Housing Secretary along with anyone else you can think of.

Jon



Comments

Old Mrs Landlord

22:02 PM, 15th August 2019
About 2 months ago

Goood to know this will not be repeated but the damage has already been done. I recall at the time the report was released the press and all the usual suspects in the anti-landlord club were calling for government action to safeguard tenants because a third of landlords weren't complying with gas safety legislation and a significant proportion of private rentals were non-decent or had hazards. I wish now that I had taken note of these comments. Unless they are personally impacted, most people just read the headlines or summaries and so the idea the media have implanted in their minds that private landlords are money-grabbing scoundrels who cut corners and put tenants at risk is further reinforced.

Chris Daniel

21:18 PM, 16th August 2019
About 2 months ago

Begs the Question of whether the EHS is impartial ?
Their data - statistical portrayal has seriously been drawn into question ( to put it mildly )


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