29 December 1995

Letting survey for landowners

UP to 2000 landowners in England next week will receive a questionnaire on house letting in one of the largest surveys on the private rented sector in rural areas.

The survey, sponsored by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, and undertaken by the Centre of Housing Policy at the University of York will aim to establish factors, trends and influences affecting private renting in rural areas.

Peter Kemp, professor of housing policy at the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, said the full survey would be followed up in the spring with in-depth interviews of 40 landlords involved in lettingto employees or on the open market.

"This will be the first major survey of rural private landlords and we want to see if we can pick up future market trends."

The Country Landowners Association identified in its submission to the Rural White Paper that homelessness in rural areas was a big problem, estimating 377,000 households were in housing need and 16,000 homeless.

The report is due to be completed in May and launched later in the summer.