UK landlords plagued by increasing number of tenants ‘abandoning’ rented properties

An increasing number of UK landlords are seeing tenants abandon their rented properties prior to the end of tenancy agreements – leaving unwanted costs and complications behind.

The news comes after a study conducted by the National Landlords Association (NLA) revealed that 36 per cent of landlords nationwide had encountered the issue – with some losing out on missed rent payments and others subsequently forced to take legal action in order to regain possession of their property.

Britain’s North East was the worst affected, with 58 per cent of landlords claiming that they had encountered tenant ‘abandonment’, while 33 per cent of landlords in Britain’s capital said that they too had been burdened by rogue tenants.

At 31 per cent, the South West was the region least plagued by the increasing problem.

The Housing and Planning Act, which has recently received Royal Assent, has announced plans to tackle the issue with proposed reforms to legislation.

Richard Lambert, chief executive of the NLA, said: “The Act will create a new process to deal with the issue, giving landlords far greater security and peace of mind when recovering properties they believe to have been abandoned.”

The issue highlights the importance of landlords seeking the relevant legal advice to avoid costly complications with problem tenants.

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