Landlords are being called on to choose wisely when selecting agents to carry out their rental property marketing, and to play their part in cleaning up the letting sector.
The Residential Landlords Association (RLA) is asking its members to help rid the industry of unscrupulous agents by refusing to send business their way.
Calls to Clean Up Rental Sector
The calls, which are part of a drive to clean up rental property marketing and management, come after an opposition policy review of practices in the private rental sector – which found that unregulated agents were taking advantage of the strong lettings market to exploit tenants.
There is currently no legislation governing the property marketing and management practices of letting agents, and the only way landlords and tenants can ensure they are protected against dodgy practices is by choosing a company that subscribes to a voluntary code of practice.
Peace of Mind for Rental Property
Property owners and prospective renters seeking peace of mind when selecting their lettings agent should opt for practices who can prove membership of one of the following bodies:
- UK Association of Letting Agents (UKALA)
- The Association of Residential Letting Agents (ARLA)
- The National Approved Letting Scheme (NALS)
- The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).
The calls are supported by legitimate agents, who are tired of their reputations being damaged by the actions of a few opportunist operations.