27 May

Landlords welcome govt proposals

Landlords welcome govt proposals

Landlords have welcomed new government plans that could impact on the private residential rented sector.

The National Landlords Association (NLA) has backed plans by the Conservative government to introduce the new immigration bill which will include new powers to evict illegal migrants and a Right to Rent scheme.

"We welcome the initiative taken by government to tackle the problem of criminals acting as private landlords to exploit illegal migrants," said Richard Lambert, NLA chief executive officer.

However, he stressed there needs to be funds made available to local councils to make sure the powers are effective.

"This would help drive up standards in the sector and send a powerful message to criminals. One of the fundamental reasons that a minority of criminal landlords are able to get away with providing poor living conditions is that councils do not have the resources to make use of their already significant powers," Mr Lambert explained.
 
"We would like to see the Treasury allow councils to keep the proceeds of the fines from prosecutions so that councils have both the powers and finances for enforcement, without going cap in hand to the Treasury," he added.

The new powers will allow landlords to have the ability to quickly evict illegal migrants and discourage people to stay in the UK illegally.ADNFCR-1222-ID-801788596-ADNFCR

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