Landlords need antisocial behaviour protection

Private landlords deserve better protection from antisocial tenants whom they enter into tenancy agreements with, according to a leading industry expert.

Serious concerns have been raised about the danger of private landlords unknowingly taking on antisocial council housing tenants by the Residential Landlords Association (RLA).

The organisation is concerned that many landlords may be unaware of a tenant's social housing behavioural history prior to signing a tenancy agreement.

Commenting on the findings, RLA chairman Alan Ward explained: "What landlords require is a reformed court system that enables a quicker, more effective response to tenants causing anti-social behaviour, without the current delays of up to eight months to regain possession."

The comments come in response to plans outlined in the localism bill that will make it easier for tough action to be taken against antisocial social housing tenants.

According to the RLA, private tenants have no way of checking tenant records or behaviour of council housing tenants prior to agreeing a tenancy.

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Published on: January 31, 2011

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