Landlords should have professional qualifications

by Sarah Ashcroft

Landlords should be required to take professional qualifications before they are allowed to establish tenancy agreements, one organisation has said.

The Association of Residential Letting Agents (Arla) explained that there is currently not enough regulation imposed on the private-rented sector.

"This means their professionalism cannot be guaranteed. In today's market, when people are becoming increasingly desperate to find a home, there will be increasing opportunity for unethical operators to take advantage of consumers," highlighted Arla operations manager Ian Potter.

He acknowledged that the industry body currently has no powers to force landlords to become registered, nor is there any sort of centrally-led regulation.

There may soon be a rise in landlords after first direct revealed that people could pay off their mortgages much quicker by renting out a spare room.

It suggested that the government's Rent a Room scheme could save them more than £1,028 in interest over a five-year period.

Published on: September 6, 2011

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