Landlords warned of unlicensed agents

by Christopher Evans

There are still a large number of unaccredited lettings agents operating in the rental market despite moves to introduce higher standards, landlords have been warned.

Director of online investor community LandlordZONE Tom Entwistle noted that bodies such as the Association of Residential Lettings Agents, the National Association of Estate Agents and the National Approved Letting Scheme have been "tightening up" their licensing rules recently.

This has been in response to the fact that the growth in renting has been accompanied by a rise in the number of complaints.

He stated: "There are still many letting agents who are not members of any of the main professional associations."

Those involved in rental property may wish to pick up a pack on their legal rights when managing a portfolio.

Agents should be subject to mandatory regulation, the Rugg report into the private rental sector concluded when it was published in October last year.

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Published on: May 7, 2009

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