How you can help improve information used for Local Housing Allowance and statistics on private rent levels.
Valuation Office Agency (VOA) Rent Officers depend on the goodwill and trust of landlords, letting agents and tenants who provide details of rent levels being paid in the private rented sector (PRS). Around half a million PRS records are provided voluntarily each year. Together they form a unique database representing rents paid in England.
When you contribute details of rent levels you help to improve data used to:
- set Local Housing Allowance and Housing Benefit which help private tenants with their rent
- produce official Private Rental Market (PRM) statistics and PRM maps – free to use under the terms of the Open Government Licence
- calculate the private rental element of the Consumer Price Index (CPI) and Retail Price Index (RPI), two measures of price inflation which affect every citizen in the UK
How to contribute details of rental information
The basic rental details needed for new tenancies and renewals are:
- full property address
- type of property
- number of bedrooms and living rooms
- tenancy start date
- rent paid
Individual properties and the source of the rental information remain confidential. Data is held on a secure database. VOA Rent Officers are registered with the Information Commissioner and comply with the Data Protection Act 1998.
You can provide rental details using one of these templates:
VOA Rent Officers: Public
Network Support Office - Housing Allowances
Phone 03000 502502
For queries regarding Fair Rents, Local Housing Allowance rates, and to contact a Rent Officer.
Letting and management agents wishing to provide high volumes of rental details digitally can contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
A Rent Officer will contact you in due course as it is important to update rental changes over time. It may also be necessary to verify or clarify the information you provide to ensure the accuracy and accountability of Rent Officer data.