Most landlords follow the law

Posted: 04 Oct 2007 10:55:00 GMT


            Property News - Most landlords follow the law

The majority of landlords comply with the laws that govern them, according to the National Landlords' Association (NLA).

The majority of landlords comply with the laws that govern them, according to the National Landlords' Association (NLA).

Elizabeth Brogan, senior policy officer for the NLA, says that investors have a duty to their tenants to make sure that their properties are kept in order and that any problems are fixed efficiently.

She pointed out that some landlords do not adhere to all of the rules but said that the majority do.

"The general level of compliance is satisfactory. If you look at surveys that ask for tenancy satisfaction… 80 per cent of tenants are satisfied with their landlord and you wouldn't get a figure like that if landlords weren't complying with the law," said Ms Brogan.

"There is a hardcore small minority who are deliberately flouting the law. There is a wider range of landlords who aren't entirely aware of the full range of the law and how it applies to their tenancies or properties.

"We would always advise that landlords join a reputable landlords association where they can get advice and can be updated with changes all the time," she added.

Demand for rented accommodation has increased vastly in the last few years, with the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, the Association of Residential Lettings Agents and the Department for Communities and Local Government all recently releasing figures that support this.

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