51 per cent of North East England’s landlords experience abandonment

first_imgMore than a third (36 per cent) of landlords in the UK have had property abandoned by tenants before, according to new figures from the NLA, largest landlord association.Abandonment occurs when a tenant moves out of a property before the tenancy has ended, without informing their landlord. The issue can be costly as it often occurs when outstanding rent is owed. However, the tenant still has a legal right to return and take up residence at any time and it is a criminal offence for landlords to do anything to prevent the continuation of the tenancy.The only option for a landlord is to go through the legal process for regaining possession of an abandoned property, which can take months.While on average a third of landlords have had property abandoned before, more landlords in the North East of England have experienced the problem than anywhere else across the UK, with almost six in ten (58 per cent) having had a property abandoned. Just over half (51 per cent) of landlords in the North have also experienced the issue. At the other end of the scale, three in ten (31 per cent) landlords in the South West of England said they have had a property abandoned before – the lowest proportion across the UK – with a third (33 per cent) of London landlords having had to deal with the problem.The news comes as the Housing and Planning Act – which contains measures to tackle the problem – recently received Royal Assent. Richard Lambert (left), CEO of the NLA, said, “The process of recovering an abandoned property is too long, frustrating, and costly for landlords at the moment.“Many people will be shocked by just how common this problem is, and landlords will be relieved to know that the Housing and Planning Act will create a new process to deal with the issue, giving them far greater security and peace of mind when recovering properties they believe to have been abandoned.”The Housing and Planning Act also contains proposals to allow local councils to keep hold of the proceeds they make when carrying out landlord prosecutions as well as introducing stiffer civil penalties and banning orders for landlords found breaking the law.Mr Lambert continued, “We’ve long argued that councils should be able to hold on to the money they make when carrying out landlord prosecutions as this better enables them to implement long-term enforcement strategies to tackle the rogues. The Government missed the chance to apply these changes in the Queen Speech, but we hope they waste no further time in giving councils these important powers.”NLA Housing and Planning Act North East England property abandonment June 16, 2016The NegotiatorWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021 Home » News » 51 per cent of North East England’s landlords experience abandonment previous nextRegulation & Law51 per cent of North East England’s landlords experience abandonmentA process created under the new Housing and Planning Act should help, says the NLAThe Negotiator16th June 20160639 Viewslast_img read more