31 May

Landlords troubled by tenant abandonment

Landlords troubled by tenant abandonment

More than a third of UK landlords have experienced tenants leaving before their tenancy ends, show new research.

Figures from the National Landlords Association shows 36 per cent of landlords have had a tenant move out early, without informing the landlord.

This often means landlords have to chase outstanding rent and have to follow a legal process to regain possession of the property.

Landlords in the North East of England reported the greatest abandonment problem, with 58 per cent having experienced problems, compared to 31 per cent in the South West.

"The process of recovering an abandoned property is too long, frustrating, and costly for landlords at the moment," said Richard Lambert, chief executive officer of the National Landlords Association.

He added: "Many people will be shocked by just how common this problem is, and landlords will be relieved to know that the Housing and Planning Act will create a new process to deal with the issue, giving them far greater security and peace of mind when recovering properties they believe to have been abandoned."ADNFCR-1222-ID-801819407-ADNFCR

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