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Tenants being let down by Local Authorities

Sally Walmsley
Written by Sally Walmsley

Tenants are being let down by local authorities who are failing to enforce the powers available to tackle criminal landlords, the leading landlords’ body has said in response to figures released today by Shelter on the number of tenants having problems with rogue landlords.

Andrew Goodacre, Chief Executive of the Residential Landlords Association said:

“Figures from the English Housing Survey show that 82% of tenants are happy with their rented accommodation but we recognise that there are landlords who do not abide by the law.”

“The RLA is fully supportive of regulations that protect tenants, but the reality is that we can regulate all we like but without proper enforcement it becomes meaningless. Tenants are being let down by local authorities who are failing to properly enforce the powers available to them to tackle the criminal minority of landlords.”



  • The RLA represents 40,000 private sector residential landlords in England and Wales.
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  • For further information please contact the RLA’s consultant, Ed Jacobs on 0113 278 0211 (office), 07706386773 (out of office hours) or email

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Sally Walmsley

Sally Walmsley

Sally Walmsley is the Magazine and Digital Editor for the NRLA. With 20 years’ experience writing for regional and national newspapers and magazines she is responsible for editing our members' magazine 'Property', producing our articles for our news site, the weekly and monthly bulletins and editorial content for our media partners.

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