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Shelter calls on government to help accidental landlords

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Campaigners have called for a national register of landlords to help them ensure their properties comply with a raft of housing regulations.

A report by Shelter and British Gas highlights the growing number of “accidental landlords”, who have either inherited or couldn’t sell a property and end up letting it.

The Safe and Decent Homes report says that more than 9 million people rent their homes, many from private landlords who may have little to no experience in the sector. Shelter says more than one in four landlords never having rented out a property before and just one in 20 belong to an accreditation scheme.

Shelter is now calling on the government to ensure landlords meet their basic legal requirements and are adequately trained in their responsibilities. “This would principally be achieved through the introduction of a national register of landlords,” says Shelter Policy Officer Hannah Gousy.

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A compulsory national register of all landlords would ensure that those renting properties out would meet basic safety standards, according to Shelter, which is also pushing for a change in the law so landlords have to make sure their properties are fit to live in.

With a third of privately rented homes failing the government’s decent homes standard, the Safe and Decent Homes report concludes that new laws are needed to protect those complaining about their badly-maintained accommodation from being evicted.

The report also said that the consumer bargaining power of renters must be increased so tenants could ask their landlord for better conditions. It called for government intervention to ensure landlords meet their basic legal requirements and are sufficiently trained in their responsibilities. The role of the local authorities was also highlighted – saying that they must be better resourced in order to exercise existing powers.

Here at Assetgrove, we work with landlords to take the hassle out of managing a property by providing a complete property management service that ensures all our properties meet the Decent Homes Standard.

That is why we applaud Housing Minister Brandon Lewis’s response to the Shelter report.   “The majority of landlords provide a good service but I’m determined to root out the minority of landlords who are offering their tenants a raw deal,” said the minister.

“That’s why the government is allocating more than £6m to councils to tackle rogue landlords in their area. But we are also avoiding imposing excessive regulation that would push up rents, reduce choice for tenants and strangle the industry in red tape and regulation.”

If you’ve a property to let and are concerned about keeping up to date with the latest regulations; you can rely on us. We can guarantee your rent, keep on top of the legal stuff and ensure you sleep well at night. Why not give us a call and find out more information?

Neil Jennings

Neil is the Operations Director at Assetgrove Lettings, London's Leading Rent Guarantee Company, providing Landlords with no voids, property maintenance, fee-free property management and stress-free service.

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