Landlord regulations up a third since 2010

Landlord regulation

The number of regulations landlords must abide by has increased by 32% since 2010, new analysis has found.

The total number of regulations affecting landlords now stands at 156, up from 118 when the Conservative-led coalition government came to power, the Residential Landlords Association (RLA) said.

The RLA is warning that the increased regulation of the rental sector is not translating into action against landlord. A previous study by the organisation found that in 2017/18, despite a greater amount of regulation now governing the sector, two thirds of councils had not commenced any prosecutions against private landlords.

Ahead of the General Election in December 2019, the RLA has proposed scrapping licensing schemes, which it states serve only to penalise good landlords whilst enabling the criminals to operate under the radar.

Instead, the RLA is encouraging local councils to use the wide range of data already available, including council tax, benefits, tenancy deposit and electoral roll information to identify landlords.

David Smith, policy director for the RLA, said: “Removing criminal landlords from the sector will only be achieved if councils have the resources and the will to properly use the wide range of powers they already have.

“Piling more regulations onto the sector which will continue not to be properly enforced is meaningless and serves only to put off good landlords from providing the homes to rent we need. It is time for smarter enforcement, not more regulation.”