There are a number of "complexities"when it comes to private landlords operating without the required buy-to-let mortgages, according to the Council of Mortgage Lenders (CML).

And it is issues such as this that the CML would like to work alongside the government to address, a statement from the group has explained.

Some tenants fall victim to landlords who are operating illegally, and can find themselves out of a home if it is discovered that the property owner does not have the correct mortgage for buy-to-let purposes or is not making the required loan repayments.

"Everyone sympathises with the position of good tenants who were unaware their landlord was not paying the mortgage,"said the CML.

"In most cases, tenants have a recognised tenancy because their landlord has a buy-to-let mortgage, and these tenants are protected."

The National Landlords Association holds a gathering in Newcastle this week, which will allow private landlords to congregate and discuss any queries they have about proposed new legislation and other related issues to do with houses in multiple occupation.

Written by John Weeks

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