21 May

NLA: Renting is a good option for some

NLA: Renting is a good option for some

In response to a select committee report into the supply of rented housing, the National Landlords Association (NLA) has stated that renting is not a "second-best option".

Although it praised the report for recognising the needs of tenants, it also criticised the failure to highlight the importance of local authorities in tackling rogue landlords and sub-standard housing in the rental sector.

Professional landlords should be able to rely on their local councils to clamp down on both bad landlords and tenants of the sort that give renting a bad name, it suggested.

"According to government figures, 81 per cent of tenants are on good terms with their landlords," David Salusbury, chairman of the NLA, commented.

"It is good to see that the significant contribution landlords make to the housing mix has once more been acknowledged," he added.

The rental market is experiencing such high demand at the moment that prospective tenants have only minutes to secure a property, Aboutproperty.co.uk reported yesterday.

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