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RLA Argue Over Wording of Immigration Bill

Government Listen To Reason Over Immigration Bill

Government Listen To Reason Over Immigration Bill

 The Residential Landlords Association (RLA) have won a victory for private rental sector (PRS) landlords after raising concerns that it would have imposed a double penalty on landlords and effectively legalised squatting.

The RLA had a meeting with Immigration Minister, Mark Harper on 17th October and highlighted the concerns of its landlord members over the wording of the Bill.

Clause 17 of the proposed Immigration Bill was originally ambiguously worded and the RLA have argued that unless the specific wording of Clause 17 were to be left as it was, it would see landlords facing a double penalty for breaching legislation. Landlords would face hefty fines and be unable to enforce the payment of rent and they would be unable to take back possession of the property, allowing the tenants to reside in rental properties rent free.

Under the current wording of Clause 17, landlords could argue against the fine by checking identity documents that were not obvious forgeries but they would lose the right to claim rent for the property because the tenant was residing illegally in the country pending deportation or an appeal.

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UK PRS set for big changes as inexperienced landlords sell up

UK PRS Set For Big Changes

There could be big changes in store for the UK private rental sector should there be an exodus of inexperienced or accidental landlords from the market.

The rental market in the UK could be significantly impacted in the event of a mass departure of inexperienced and accidental landlords from the sector.

This is the suggestion of Chairman of the Residential Landlords Association, (RLA), Alan Ward, who noted the proprietors forced into this position as a result of their inability to sell property.

Mr Ward said: “Some people say there are over 100,000 properties in the Private Rented Sector and, if they come back on the UK market, then that is quite a big change. Confidence among landlords regarding 2012 is likely to be dependent on the equity position of borrowers, as proprietors continue to demand substantial deposits”.

Accidental and inexperienced landlords are likely to begin offloading their residential properties as UK house prices begin to escalate.

Recent findings by UK website Zoopla showed that buying property is still a more cost-effective option than renting in 47 of the 50 biggest towns across the UK.

Landlords with rental properties are urged not to give in too easily and persevere to make their property rental business a success in 2012.
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