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Is a National Register for Landlords on the horizon?

Friday, September 27, 2013 Posted in: Property Market Landlords

Last week at the Labour Party Conference, Hilary Benn proposed a national register for landlords. This would be a new policy under a labour government.  

However it was instantly criticised by the Residential Landlords Association and National Landlords Association. 

Alan Ward, chairman of the RLA, said: “Proposals for a national register of landlords would do little to find the minority of landlords who reap misery on tenants’ lives and wouldn’t come forward to make themselves known under any scheme.” 

“It’s time local authorities were freed up to focus on rooting out those who shouldn’t be allowed to rent property out, freeing the majority of decent, law-abiding landlords to provide a good service within the framework of self-regulation.” 

Richard Lambert, chief executive officer of the NLA, said: “Landlord registration has been mooted several times in recent years. However, no proponent of a statutory register has clearly identified the objectives which registration will achieve.” 

“Almost one in five households in the UK lives in a privately rented home. Given this dramatic increase in responsibility which now rests with private landlords it is inevitable that more questions will be asked of their professionalism.”  

The NLA also raised the following questions with regards to the implementation of the proposed register

• How would a future Labour government achieve full compliance considering the register of Scottish landlords has only achieved 75% compliance six years since its launch?

• What will a register achieve that can’t be achieved with existing enforcement powers?

• What is the benefit of registration to the responsible law-abiding landlords?

• How would a Labour government ensure that the cost of registration to landlords would not end up increasing the cost of living for tenants? 

What are your views on the possibility of a National Landlord Register being implemented?

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