14:39 PM, 27th October 2010, About 12 years ago 2
A landlord group has responded to the government’s challenge to identify changes to the law that would make running a business easier.
The Residential Landlords Association (RLA) has responded with suggestions that they say would revitalise the private rental sector.
Top of the list is carrying on with self-regulation rather than resurrecting the old government’s proposal to introduce a licensing and registration scheme in England and Wales.
The other points raised by landlords are:
“The government has shown a willingness to cut legislation that has crippled our business sector over the last few years,” said RLA chairman Alan Ward.
“We believe that more effective answers can be found in local accreditation schemes to encourage a new generation of professional landlords who are better trained, better informed and better able to regulate our business themselves without the excessive burden of increasing legislation.
“Like many other businesses a huge raft of legislation has built up surrounding the private rented sector. Landlords are generally a small business, often part time, and they can easily be tripped up and penalised by complex regulations that do little or nothing to protect tenants.
“The RLA believes that, if its proposals are adopted, the weight of burdensome and unnecessary regulation on landlords would be significantly reduced.”