Landlords and councils ‘must work together’

Private landlords and councils need to work more closely with each other, according to the shadow housing minister Grant Shapps.Commenting during a discussion with homeless charity Crisis and the National Landlords Association (NLA) at the Conservative Party conference, the politician claimed he welcomes working with landlord groups.In response, NLA chairman David Salusbury said that local [...]

New board to set property sector code of practice

Private landlords may come under closer scrutiny after it was announced that a new Property Standards Board has been established.Consisting of industry organisations such as the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (Rics), the Association of Residential Letting Agents and the National Association of Estate Agents (NAEA), the group will be drawing up a new code [...]

New landlord database from NLA

A list of private landlords who are members of the National Association of Landlords (NLA) has been put online.The NLA has created the database to give tenants the opportunity to see if the person who owns their property has a professional pedigree.Many tenants in the UK are being looked after by "unscrupulous"landlords, the association [...]

Private landlords can join NLA mailing list

Landlord services group the National Landlords Association (NLA) is offering those working in the private rented sector an opportunity to stay in touch with the latest developments regarding this year's big industry event.Private landlords can join the mailing list for the NLA National Conference 2009, which is scheduled to take place between Friday November 20th [...]

Landlords ‘at risk from rogue operators’

The Association of Residential Letting Agents (Arla) has urged the government to do more to cut out rogue operators in the private rented sector.Ian Potter, operations manager at Arla, said that unscrupulous letting agents and property owners can have a negative effect on both private landlords and tenants.He added that the regulation of lettings, residential [...]

Opposition towards HMO charter

A number of property organisations are opposing government plans to change rules concerning house in multiple occupation (HMO).The National Landlords Association (NLA), the British Property Federation and the National Union of Students are among those who do not agree with politicians' proposals to clamp down on the sector.Recent suggestions have been made to move HMOs [...]

Landlord advice: Keep up to date with legal issues

Private landlords in the UK must ensure they keep on top of the legal framework regulating their industry, according to the National Landlords Association's (NLA) media relations manager Steve Hilton.In landlord advice to those who may be having second thoughts about being involved in the private rented sector, he said that help is at hand [...]

Rental yields ‘rise 6.4 per cent’

Private landlords' income has risen for a second quarter, says new research.Findings from a survey commissioned by mortgage company Paragon say that yield rates are up from 6.2 per cent last quarter. Paragon's managing director John Heron said that private landlords are currently enjoying a "strong yield level".They continue to receive demand from sectors that [...]

High Court reaches verdict on annual renewal fees

The lack of transparency concerning the annual renewal fees private landlords have to pay letting agents has to stop, according to the National Landlords Association's (NLA) vice-chairman.John Socha said that contracts between property owners and agents need to be plain and intelligible.His comments come after the High Court ruled that the charges set by letting [...]

Private landlords’rep questions north-east plans

A property industry figure representing hundreds of private landlords in the north-east of England has queried some of Newcastle city council's latest plans for housing.The local authority is in the process of developing new accommodation for the region's student population - but National Landlords Association (NLA) regional organiser for the north-east Johnny Lighten is unsure [...]