'Horrendous' high rental arrears for landlords

by Morag Lyall

The high number of landlords who are experiencing rental arrears from their tenants is "horrendous", one organisation has said.

According to figures from the National Landlords' Association, a fifth of private landlords have had tenants fail to pay their rent over the last three months.

However, this is slightly improved on the first quarter of the year when nearly 25 per cent of landlords had missing rent payments.

Alan Ward, chairman of the Residential Landlords Association, claimed that the high demand for rental property in the UK should mean that landlords should not be having these problems.

He advised people with tenancy agreements to build a "decent relationship" with the tenant so that they feel they can tell their landlord when they have a problem with rent.

"If people have been good tenants over a long time then you can work with them sometimes," he added, "and, if not, they have to face the predicament that they have put themselves in. It is frankly just part of being a landlord."

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Published on: July 26, 2010

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