Private landlords called on to support communities

A councillor has announced that private landlords and housing association representatives will work alongside police to crack down on anti-social behaviour.Colin Bloom, Bromley councillor and chairman of the Safer Bromley Partnership, hopes to unite landlords with other locals to "crack down without mercy on outrageous behaviour", according to This is Local London. His announcement follows [...]

NLA: Landlords could see end of unpaid water bills

The National Landlords Association (NLA) has welcomed recommendations from the Walker Review of Charging for Water which could benefit landlords.Unsuspecting landlords would no longer receive water bills which tenants have failed to pay if the recommendations are enforced, said the NLA's public affairs officer, Vincenzo Rampulla.Working alongside the government, the NLA has ensured that the [...]

Newham leads the way in landlord licensing

Newham Council is leading the way in regard to private landlord licensing in London.The Evening Standard reports that those who wish to rent out property in this part of east London must purchase a licence prior to establishing tenancy agreements with their customers.Private landlords who are found to be renting out homes without the relevant [...]

Austin: Landlord legislation must be right

It is important that the government gets landlord legal issues right, rather than rushing through new regulations.That is the view of Ian Austin MP, who was commenting at the National Landlords Association National Conference on Friday November 20th.Mr Austin, who has been parliamentary under secretary of state for housing since June 2009 and holds responsibility [...]

NLA wants to clamp down on rogue landlords

The National Landlords Association (NLA) is determined to ensure the government focuses on dealing with the problem of unscrupulous landlords, rather than "over-burdening the law-abiding majority".According to the chairman of the organisation David Salusbury, there is a "small minority"of rogue landlords that bring the private rented sector into disrepute.His comments came after the NLA [...]

Private landlord’s credit card used fraudulently

A court case in Southend may prompt private landlords to take more care over their personal details.The Essex Echo reports that Gerard Parsad, a teacher from the south-east coastal town, has been found guilty of four counts of fraud by false representation - as well as one count of forgery - after he used his [...]

Landlord licensing scheme ‘under consideration’in Wales

A new licensing scheme currently being considered in Wales could help to improve the quality of rented accommodation in Cardiff.The South Wales Echo reported that a new consultation exercise is currently underway in the Welsh city. Under the proposals, all rental properties with three or more people living in them would require a licence as [...]

Arla launches survey for private landlords

Private landlords of residential property are being asked to take part in an Association of Residential Letting Agents (Arla) survey.The questionnaire is available to complete at the property organisation's official website.Arla states: "This survey is aimed at residential landlords - by that, we mean anyone who owns one or more properties that they let out."Landlords [...]

Landlord association vice-chairman leaves post

Private landlords across the UK may be interested to hear that the vice-chairman of the National Landlords Association (NLA), John Socha, is leaving his post at the organisation.The NLA annual general meeting on November 20th will mark his final day in his current role.Explaining his decision to stand down, Mr Socha said he has been [...]

Landlord group accuses Lib Dem of ‘prejudice’

National Landlords Association (NLA) regional representative for the north-east Johnny Lighten has described Liberal Democrat councillor for North Jesmond, Ron Armstrong, as prejudiced.Reacting to an article by Mr Armstrong which appeared on the Jesmond Residents' Association website, the private landlord representative said that views expressed about students and higher education must be his own and [...]