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National register could be bureaucraticnightmare

The recent article, Red tape register, echoes our fears that any national register could become a bureaucratic nightmare for landlords up and down the country.

Now that the Government’s response has been published, it is clear that some of their recommendations are well meaning but fatally flawed.

It is impractical to expect landlords to submit the addresses of their rental properties.

This would be overly intrusive and of no direct benefit to tenants.

As for David Whittaker’s comment about the National Landlords Association “not working effectively”, I think he misunderstands the role of landlord bodies.

The NLA has no formal regulatory role, which is precisely the reason why we are free to lobby Government, representing the views of all landlords to decision-makers.

If we were a Government agency with a regulatory function, we would not be able to do so.

Simon Gordon

Head of communications

National Landlord Association

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