Wednesday, 7 September 2011

ARLA calls on Shapps to regulate private rented sector

The Association of Residential Letting Agents says it is disappointed by an announcement from housing minister Grant Shapps that he has published a series of fact sheets for tenants and landlords.

Shapps says the fact sheets will help both tenants and landlords to understand their rights and responsibilities and therefore prevent unnecessary dispute.

But the ARLA says it is disappointed that Shapps has failed to introduce any regulation of the private rented sector, and that until he does so, its own work is being undermined.

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NetRent Comment

Landlords are already heavily regulated, whilst Letting Agents have comparably little regulation. The Government is proposing to regulate agents and this move by ARLA smacks of someone calling out 'what about them?'

There is simply no need to further regulate landlords, what needs to happen is that the current legislation is applied fairly and evenly to all landlords. That cannot happen whilst local authorities are cutting back and too many landlords remain under the radar. NetRent believe that a national register of landlords and regulation of letting agents are what is required to start to address the problems facing the letting industry, not one group calling for more regulation for another group.