NLA slams government rental plans as unworkable

Government proposals aimed at offering more protection for tenants in rented accommodation have been slammed by the National Landlords Association.

The government’s package of measures to reform the private rented sector outlined today include a ’Trip Adviser’ style website that would allow tenants to give feedback on both their landlord and their accommodation.

The government is also pressing ahead with its plans to introduce a National Landlords Register that would show tenants how good landlords are at maintaining and repairing their properties.

John Healey, housing minister, says: “Over three million families live in private rented housing and while the majority of tenants say they’re happy with their homes and landlords many do face problems with their landlord and should have better help and protection on hand.”

But the NLA says these proposals only serve to penalise the majority of professional landlords.

It says a ’Trip Adviser’ style feedback website would require “such intensive management and scrutiny so as to make it unworkable and ineffective.”

“Where is the incentive for landlords to develop their housing provision in today’s proposals?”

David Salusbury, chairman of NLA

The trade body also argues that a National Landlords Register would simply drive the worst landlords under the radar.

David Salusbury, chairman of NLA, says: “At the same time as having to provide more accommodation in order to plug the housing gap, landlords are also now expected to be on a register, declare the addresses of their rental properties and also have feedback (whether true or false) posted about them on the internet.

“And how exactly do these administrative functions actually improve the quality of rental property?”

The NLA says that the latest measures from the government amount to little more than “landlord-bashing.”