New legislation announced set to further improve perception of private rental sector
- 8th September 2015
- Landlord Property News
The sector is already well regulated - these measures won’t affect our landlords
In August, the Government announced proposals whichwill enforce stricter rules on renting to illegal immigrants. Landlords will be required to check their tenants have a legal right to live in the UK, and will have greater powers to evict tenants that do not. It will be considered a criminal offence for those who repeatedly fail to check their tenant’s ‘right to rent’ and these landlords could be blacklisted and prevented from renting out any more homes or even face criminal charges.
There will also be measures that will prevent unregulated landlords from renting dirty, dangerous or overcrowded homes. It is sometimes perceived that some landlords take advantage of legal and illegal migrants and overlook their basic responsibilities of care to the tenant.
At ludlowthompson we welcome any regulation that will expand and improve the private rental sector, which is already well regulated. These measures will only affect those rogue landlords that are not adhering to the current regulations. The Deposit Protection Scheme, and HMO legislation among others are designed to ensure both the landlord and tenant receive a fair deal.
Stephen Ludlow, Chairman of ludlowthompson commented: ‘We fully support the new measures put in place, but don’t foresee them affecting our landlords or tenants. We strive to have maximum communication with our clients in order to build trusting relationships.”
“Landlords and tenants should always ensure that they deal with an ARLA-approved lettings agent.”
London agents accredited through ARLA are also required to abide by the 'London Rental Standard', a framework of minimum requirements expected of agents and landlords and implemented by City Hall.
We strive to have maximum communication with our clients in order to build trusting relationships
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