Land­lords wel­come no more red tape

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Property Today -

The Govern­ment’s prom­ise of “no more red tape” for pri­vate land­lords has been wel­comed by the Res­i­den­tial Land­lords’ As­so­ci­a­tion as “a promis­ing start to a more pos­i­tive re­la­tion­ship be­tween coali­tion min­is­ters and the pri­vate rented sec­tor.”

The Govern­ment prom­ise came as hous­ing min­is­ter Grant Shapps as­sured land­lords in the UK’s pri­vate rented sec­tor that there are no plans to in­tro­duce new reg­u­la­tions and leg­is­la­tion.

That com­pares with Labour’s plans to in­tro­duce a na­tional reg­is­ter of land­lords, com­pul­sory writ­ten ten­ancy agree­ments, in­creased reg­u­la­tion for let­ting and man­ag­ing agents and a raft of other threats to one of the coun­try’s most af­ford­able pub­lic hous­ing stocks.

The Res­i­den­tial Land­lords’ As­so­ci­a­tion made its feel­ings known to Grant Shapps dur­ing his pe­riod in op­po­si­tion and, says RLA chair­man Alan Ward, “we are de­lighted to have spo­ken to a politician who lis­tens to com­mon sense and can see the logic be­hind our hon­estly held opin­ions.”

More than two years ago the RLA ap­pealed for a mora­to­rium for a “be­lea­guered” pri­vate rented sec­tor that was groan­ing un­der “a bar­rage of leg­is­la­tion”.

Mr Ward said: “We made the point that there were al­ready le­gal pow­ers in place to deal with the sort of is­sues that the Labour govern­ment was plan­ning to ad­dress with even more leg­is­la­tion.

“The re­spon­si­bil­i­ties of land­lords are al­ready con­trolled and the rights of ten­ants ad­e­quately pro­tected and most of the coun­try’s three mil­lion pri­vate ten­ants have de­clared they are sat­is­fied with the ser­vice they re­ceive from their land­lords.

“The pre­vi­ous govern­ment en­cour­aged coun­cils to achieve tar­gets by li­cens­ing the wellmean­ing ma­jor­ity of land­lords who were al­ready com­pli­ant with reg­u­la­tions. “Sig­nif­i­cantly, they achieved very lit­tle for ten­ants of poor qual­ity, non-com­pli­ant land­lords.

“Our ar­gu­ment is more strongly in favour of ac­cred­i­ta­tion and self-reg­u­la­tion – where land­lords work with lo­cal au­thor­i­ties to im­prove stan­dards of pro­fes­sion­al­ism and get rid of non­com­pli­ant land­lords who tend to dis­credit the whole sec­tor with prop­erty and con­duct that are well be­low the code of prac­tice we work to.”

Mr Shapps said in his an­nounce­ment: “I make a prom­ise to good land­lords across the coun­try: the Govern­ment has no plans to cre­ate any bur­den­some red tape and bu­reau­cracy, so you are able to con­tinue pro­vid­ing a ser­vice to your ten­ants. But for the bad land­lords, I am putting coun­cils on alert to use the range of pow­ers al­ready at their dis­posal to make sure ten­ants are prop­erly pro­tected.”

The RLA is the lead­ing na­tional or­gan­i­sa­tion whose mem­bers own over 100,000 prop­er­ties in the UK’s pri­vate rented sec­tor. The range of mem­bers’ ser­vices – on - in­cludes ad­vice, in­surance, fi­nan­cial ser­vices, credit ref­er­enc­ing and train­ing.

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