Rogue letting agents 'must be ousted'
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Arla has called on the government to take greater action to oust rogue and unregistered letting agents from the private rentals industry.
The body has become concerned at estimates which suggest that half of letting agents do not belong to a professional body and may be unqualified and inexperienced, thereby putting both landlords and consumers at risk of mismanagement.
As a result, Ian Potter, operations manager of Arla, has called for the government to place a greater emphasis on the importance of professional qualifications for agents in order to reinforce the sector's legitimacy and image among tenants.
He said: "Regulation of residential sales, lettings and management agents are inextricably linked and should be brought together to provide a firm professional basis for this sector."
Last month, Arla forecast that the rentals sector could be set to see growth due to the increasing tendency among 18 to 30-year-olds to favour leased accommodation over homeownership.
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