ARLA welcomes Conservative view of the private rented sector

“We agree with Grant Shapps that regulation needs to be consistent and are pleased that the Conservatives will look at the issue of rogue landlords.

“However, the issue is also one of agents and ARLA would be keen to see more proactivity on the regulation of letting agents. Referring back to the recommendations of Rugg Review in October last year, ARLA again calls for the compulsory licensing of all letting agents to raise professionalism and confidence in the sector.

“In the absence of a Government-led scheme – and it seems a proposal from the Shadow Cabinet – ARLA will be launching its own licensing scheme, introducing the highest standards for letting agents in the UK, in early May.”