The RLA through it's Research Lab, PEARL are undertaking a longitudinal research project to develop an in-depth understanding of the issues affecting landlords and the private rented sector. To achieve this we are conducting quarterly surveys of landlords to understand their issues.

We would appreciate your help in completing this short survey.

Before you decide, you need to understand why this research is being done and what it would involve for you. Please take the time to read the following information carefully.

Your involvement in this research project is entirely voluntary, anonymous and you are free to withdraw at any point.

If there is any particular question you do not want to (or cannot) answer, just continue onto the next question. Any information that you choose to share will be kept confidential, and only anonymous aggregated data will be presented in the final research reports.

We would appreciate honest and precise answers to the questions, as these will help us to campaign better on your behalf.

We appreciate you taking the time (estimated ten minutes) to complete this survey and it will help greatly to provide an up-to-date understanding of the key issues and trends in affecting private landlords like yourself.

If you would like any further information, please contact:

Dr Tom Simcock, Senior Researcher, RLA PEARL at

Thank you for taking the time to read this information and taking part in our survey.


Privacy Notice

To further our objectives we conduct research including the gathering of statistics, regarding landlords and the private rented sector.  This is done in our own legitimate interests to help inform our policy making and campaigning activities.  This can include collecting personal information about individuals.  This research is carried out in different ways, including conducting surveys of our members and guests.


On occasion, as part of our research, we may collect, handle and store special category data, i.e. sensitive data about political opinions (although we are not a party political organisation) or philosophical beliefs.  We not only do so to further our legitimate interests but also (as required by GDPR) we process this sensitive personal information on fuller grounds.  These are as a trade association which is a non profit making body where the processing relates solely to members or former members of the RLA or persons who have regular contact with the RLA in connection with our purposes.  Alternatively, where applicable, processing is necessary for statistical purposes.  In each case appropriate safeguards are put in place when conducting this research, including anonymising those who give it and (where we do so as a non profit making body) then it cannot be passed outside the RLA in a format whereby you can be identified, unless you consent.  Our statistics and reports are published in this format so that individuals who participate in our surveys cannot be identified in any case.