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English Housing Survey follow-up study

What is the study about?

The English Housing Survey follow-up study will provide data on the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on people’s housing circumstances.

Conducted on behalf of the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) and the Department for Business, Energy, and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) the study will track both the short-term impact and longer term consequences of the pandemic and help policymakers remain informed about the changing housing situation. 

The study, which follows up respondents to the English Housing Survey 2019-20, is designed to be representative of private households in England. 

Participants will be invited to complete up to three 15-minute surveys over the next few months. Topics covered include: where you are living and with whom, how much time you are spending at home, and what has happened to your housing costs. 

What’s involved?

Taking part involves completing a short 15-minute survey online at a time that suits you. You will receive a link to the survey and log-in details by letter and email. 

If you cannot complete the survey online, a NatCen interviewer will contact you and invite you to complete the survey over the ‘phone.

So that we can track the longer-term impacts of the pandemic on people’s housing circumstances you may be asked to complete up to three surveys in total over the next few months.

Participation in any questionnaire is always completely voluntary – it’s your choice. If you would prefer for us not to contact you again with requests to complete further surveys just get in touch.

Why have I been selected to take part?

When you took part in an interview for the English Housing Survey you told your NatCen interviewer that it would be ok for us to contact you again for help with future research. You provided contact details at the end of that interview.

It is important that we hear from a wide range of people to get the full picture. We are interested in what you have to say whether you are renting or buying your property and regardless of whether your circumstances have changed since we spoke to you last.

What happens to my data?

The information you provide will be used for research purposes only.  Your answers will be combined with those from everyone else taking part in the study in statistical analyses.  It will not be possible to identify you or your individual circumstances from the results.  

We will analyse your answers to this survey together with answers you gave during the original interview for the English Housing Study to help us understand how things may have changed over time.

Your information will be held until it is no longer required in accordance with current data protection  legislation. You can find out more about how your data will be used and view our privacy notice at:

Where can I find out more?

To find out more about this study you can contact NatCen via email or call on Freephone 0800 652 4569.

We recognise that this is a difficult time for many people. If you would like advice or guidance or to talk to someone about your housing needs or your housing costs find out more about where to go for help.