BPF welcomes plans to tackle rent arrears

Plans to address landlords' concerns over tenant debt and the breaching of tenancy agreements have been welcomed by one major organisation.

The British Property Federation (BPF) said it was glad to hear that measures would be taken against tenants who continuously play the rental system.

Welfare minister Lord Freud noted that extra protection should be offered to landlords, who currently are unable to evict tenants in rent arrears in under three months.

"What I don't like seeing is people messing you around and you losing 12 weeks' rent every time someone does a bunk," he told delegates at the BPF's Residential Conference.

He added that a "constructive relationship" needs to be forged between the government and landlords.

Earlier this week, the BPF predicted that more landlords would turn to the private rented sector after government cuts were made to local housing allowance.

It warned that this could lead to an increase in rental arrears in the housing benefit sector.

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Published on: February 4, 2011

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