NLA makes essential forms available online

Published by Sarah Ashcroft

The National Landlord Association (NLA) has made its best practice tenancy agreements and other forms freely available to every landlord in the UK, in a bid to improve the process of renting a property for homeowners and tenants.

Guidance has also been published for first time landlords to ensure that they are fully aware of their obligations before moving into the buy-to-let market.

David Salusbury, chairman of the organisation, said: "Letting a property in a big responsibility. Landlords are dealing with people's homes, a whole raft of housing legislation and day-to-day maintenance."

"It is essential that they know what they are doing before they dive in and that they comply with the law and best practice once they do," he added.

Mr Salusbury explained that allowing access to best practice information and other important forms is a way of ensuring investors new to the market start their new business venture correctly.

However, not everything is included in the online database of forms and best practices, so additional advice could be required for those entering the property market.

The NLA has also launched a new membership scheme to help landlords choose their target market and understand how to rent out their properties.

NLA representative, Richard Blanco, told Property Wire that landlords should ensure they pick their target market carefully.

"Before buying a property, speak to local landlords and letting agents about the rental demand in the area. Then, when it comes to buying, start with a property in an area you know well and can access easily from home," he suggested.

The production of the best practice forms and important documentation by the NLA comes after the organisation urged landlords to do everything they can to improve the eco-friendliness of their rental properties. It said that it is a wise move and one that will pay off when new green regulations come into effect in 2018.

The NLA will make a number of presentations at several conferences to address the issue of improving rented accommodation with the environment in mind.ADNFCR-1645-ID-801607731-ADNFCR

Published on: July 3, 2013

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