18 Aug

Arla calls for one body to regulate rental sector

Arla calls for one body to regulate rental sector

The Association of Residential Lettings Agents (ARLA) has said there should not be two separate bodies to regulate standards in the private rental sector and another in the social housing sector.

Giving its response to a law commission report on private renting that was published last week, ARLA stated that it broadly welcomed its content.

However, it said a proposal to have two separate standards monitoring bodies would not be the best way forward.

"We must start with a single code and a single set of standards. Otherwise we will end up with different monitoring for different standards," argued Ian Potter, ARLA's head of operations.

He also suggested there should not be a situation where different local authorities each operate to their own set of standards.

Giving its verdict on the report on Friday, the National Landlords Association said it welcomed the idea of local councils being more involved in regulation.

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