Local authorities need to work with landlords

Nia Williams

October 13, 2009

Speaking at a joint reception at the Conservative Party Conference between Crisis, the national charity for single homeless people, and the National Landlords Association (NLA), the UK’s leading representative body for private-residential landlords, Shapps said, “Regulation [of the private-rented sector] was a blunt instrument for getting results” and, answering questions from the floor, said “I welcome working with the National Landlords Association.”

David Salusbury, chairman, NLA, said: “There are now sufficient rules and regulations in place to ensure that the minority of rogue operators in the sector can be dealt with swiftly and effectively. The final piece in the jigsaw is encouraging local authorities to use existing and significant powers appropriately instead of introducing more regulation which only penalises good landlords. Of course, we are also encouraged that the Shadow Housing Minister is looking forward to working with the NLA.”

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