The Association of Residential Letting Agents (Arla) has voiced its support for the National Landlords Association's (NLA) database of private landlords.

It was announced last week that the NLA has established an online list of all its member landlords so that tenants can check to see their property owner's credentials.

A database was created after the association claimed that thousands of private landlords are passing themselves off as professionally qualified, when the truth is they do not belong to any industry groups.

Operations manager at Arla Ian Potter suggested that consumer protection and consumer awareness are vital factors in ensuring the private rented sector functions successfully.

"As the body representing the UK's licensed lettings agents, Arla would offer strong backing for a database of landlords,"he explained, before adding that it was "another important step"in making sure tenants are protected from bad practice by UK landlords.

Written by Mark Garner
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