NLA says all buy-to-let mortgage holders should not be targeted

Date:Monday 13th December 2010
Author: Susanna Kavka

The National Landlords Association (NLA) has urged the Welsh Assembly Government to avoid introducing legislation that affects all buy-to-let property owners if they want to catch out the rogue operators.

Barry Markham, director of regions at the organisation, made his comments after the NLA gave evidence at a public inquiry in Wales relating to housing needs in the country.

He suggested regulations are not the way to nail the rogue landlords and instead called on the government to actively target such individuals.

Mr Markham claimed blanket licensing schemes are likely to affect everyone except for the people not playing by the rules.

"The private rented sector has stepped up to the mark and is providing good quality accommodation across Wales," he added.

Earlier this month, the NLA Conference took place and featured the director of housing management, homelessness and support directorate Neil McDonald as keynote speaker.

He stressed that having a strong rental sector is fundamental to the housing industry.