4 Feb

Non-paying tenants to be tackled by welfare minister

Non-paying tenants to be tackled by welfare minister

Landlords with buy to let properties in the UK may receive extra help to tackle non-paying tenants.

Welfare minister Lord Freud pledged to examine problems caused by tenants who do not pay rent in a speech at the British Property Federation's (BPF) Residential Conference.

The pledge may help to instil confidence in people planning to invest in houses for sale in the UK on a buy to let basis.

Lord Freud said extra protection could be given to landlords, after figures last month revealed that £276 million of rent was unpaid in December 2010.

The British Property Federation welcomed the pledge, saying it was positive that Lord Freud was willing to work with landlords to solve the problem.

Ian Fletcher, director of policy (Real Estate) at the BPF, said: "If government wishes the private rented sector to continue to play its vital role in housing vulnerable tenants then it cannot let people ... get away with living in accommodation rent-free."

The Association of Residential Letting Agents recently recommended a thorough selection process and conducting checks on potential tenants to try and avoid the problem of unpaid rent.

Rental protection insurance can also help landlords to reclaim lost sums if payments are missed.ADNFCR-1222-ID-800386821-ADNFCR

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