10 06 2010

Today NALS responded to the recent comments by Grant Shapps, Housing Minister that the Government has no plans to regulate agents in the private rented sector or proceed with a Landlords Register.

Caroline Pickering, Chair of the National Approved Letting Scheme (NALS), criticised Grant Shapps for his decision not to pursue regulation of the sector and accepting the risks this poses to tenants and landlords: “Grant Shapps and the Coalition are abandoning the consumer with their decision to scrap plans for the crucial, planned regulation of the Private Rented Sector (PRS). Why is this being abandoned just as more and more people are having to turn to the private rented sector for a home? There is plenty of evidence that consumers (tenants and landlords) are at risk because there is no compulsory regulation of the sector.“

Here at Belvoir Stoke-on-Trent, we agree with Ms Pickering since the original plans would have protected tenants and helped landlords differentiate between quality letting specialists such as Belvoir and those who play fast-and-loose with the rules.




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