Mandatory licensing for Letting Agents and Landlords under a Labour government?

October 4th, 2013 - No Comments

Mandatory licensing of all letting agents and a national register of all landlords in England would be policy under a Labour government.

The landlords register proposal was unveiled at this week’s party conference by Hilary Benn – but immediately came under fire from both the Residential Landlords Association and the National Landlords Association.

Helpland are in agreement with the NLA, when we we ask how this would benefit the majority of Landlords out there who comply with the law?

The vast majority of Landlords have no issue following the current laws, and licensing will just add more bureaucracy to the system. We would also be interested in knowing whether this would actually deter the ‘rogue’ Landlords out there who give the rest of them a bad name – what will this licensing system prevent that can’t be prevented using the existing legislation?

Finally who is going to bear the front of the costs of this scheme, how we can be sure that the costs aren’t passed onto tenants – the very people Labour are trying to protect.