Tenants should be 'protected' from ridicule

Posted: 30 Oct 2008 13:08:55 GMT

            Property News - Tenants should be 'protected' from ridicule

The National Landlords Association (NLA) has condemned landlords who seek to humiliate late-paying tenants.

Recently, the media reported the case of a letting agent who had been putting up signs on the properties of tenants who failed to pay rent on time.

But the NLA and the Association of Residential Letting Agents, which together represent 23,500 buy-to-let investors and letting agent offices, called for a stop to any practices that ridicule tenants

David Salusbury, chairman of the NLA, said that it can be "very frustrating" for landlords if tenants fail to pay their rent, particularly during these "leaner economic times".

He added, however: "There are legal channels available for landlords to gain possession if absolutely necessary. We strongly advise [them] against supporting this kind of behaviour. It is fundamentally a flawed idea."

Earlier this week, the Residential Landlords Association claimed that non-payment of rent can leave many landlords in extremely dire financial straits, and could cost them their own homes in the worst case scenario.

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