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UKALA Responds to CLG Report on the PRS

UKALA RESPONDS TO CLG REPORT ON THE PRS

UKALA has welcomed the announcement of a package of proposals aimed at tackling poor experiences in the private-rented sector.

Commenting on the announcements Caroline Kenny, UKALA Executive, said:

“Although Mr Pickles’ announcement contains little new policy, it is very reassuring to see the Government focusing on the reinforcement of existing regulation to drive improvements in the lettings industry.

UKALA RESPONDS TO CLG REPORT ON THE PRS

UKALA has welcomed the announcement of a package of proposals aimed at tackling poor experiences in the private-rented sector.

Commenting on the announcements Caroline Kenny, UKALA Executive, said:

“Although Mr Pickles’ announcement contains little new policy, it is very reassuring to see the Government focusing on the reinforcement of existing regulation to drive improvements in the lettings industry.

“UKALA has welcomed the proposed requirement for letting agents to provide access to redress services, but would like to see the Government go further by building on the experience and expertise of those industry bodies which already require higher standards of their members.

“Responsible agents who choose to belong to professional bodies which require client money protection insurance, impartial redress and an adherence to a strict Code of Practice are forced to compete with those who show little regard to professional standards or the needs of their clients.

“We believe that this package of proposals represents a missed opportunity for the Government to make mandatory the kind of comprehensive protections offered by UKALA and others, which are called for by industry and needed by hardworking consumers unable to differentiate between good and bad letting agents.