Article Posted -
10 Jun 2010

The "well-meaning but flawed" national register of landlords will not be brought forward by the current Government, according to Housing Minister, Grant Shapps MP, speaking in the House of Commons today.

Earlier in the week, the Minister had suggested that a national register could well be "another HIPs" and would not encourage further investment in the private-rented sector.

Today, he went on to make a “promise to good landlords across the country: the Government has no plans to create any burdensome red tape and bureaucracy, so you are able to continue providing a service to your tenants.”

David Salusbury, Chairman, NLA, commenting on today’s Government announcement, said:

"We wholeheartedly welcome the reminder from Government that the vast majority of tenants are happy with the service they receive from landlords. Of course, from the outset, the NLA believed that a national register of landlords, although well-meaning, was flawed. Today, the Government has confirmed our stance.

"We are very pleased that the Government is rejecting previous attempts to introduce a register: it was the wrong way to go about raising standards in the private-rented sector and would not have rooted out rogue landlords. In fact, we believe the likely consequence could have been to penalise the law-abiding, while at the same time driving the worst landlords under the radar."

As part of today’s announcement, the Government confirmed they would not be bringing forward any of the planned programme of changes proposed by the previous Government. These changes included:

  • New housing hotline offering free help and advice for private tenants.
  • 'Trip adviser' style word-of-mouth website comparing landlords.
  • Requirements for written tenancy agreements in all tenancies.
  • Nation register of landlords.
  • Full regulation of letting and managing agents.

To download the Government announcement on the private-rented sector, click here.


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Notes to Editors:
Representing landlords from all over the UK, the National Landlords Association (NLA) is the leading organisation for private-residential landlords. It campaigns for the legitimate interests of landlords by seeking to influence decision-makers at all levels of government and by making landlords’ collective voice heard in the media. The NLA helps landlords make a success of their lettings business by providing a wide range of information, advice and services. It seeks to raise standards in the private-rented sector while aiming to ensure that landlords are aware of their statutory rights and responsibilities.

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