A number of properties run by private landlords are in need of modernising, according to the Association of Residential Letting Agents (Arla).

The increase in homes to rent in the UK last year was 17 per cent, which the association uses as evidence to suggest changes need to be made to help thousands of tenants.

Landlord services include providing gas and electricity safety for customers and an inventory for tenants when they arrive - but they also need to ensure their properties are well maintained throughout a tenancy agreement.

Operations manager at Arla Ian Potter remarked: "Many rental properties are old, in some cases very old, and therefore likely to be in need of some kind of improvement in condition."

He added that some tenants are "losing out"because a number of private landlords are unable to find the cash to make property improvements.

Arla recently launched a new licensing scheme which aims to monitor landlords and letting agents, and make sure those involved in the private rented sector are fully qualified and correctly following all regulations.

Written by Sarah Field

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