The launch of a rogue landlords and letting agents database by Mayor of London Sadiq Khan (pictured) has been welcomed by both the National Landlords Association and the Association of Residential Letting Agents.
The aim of the database is to name and shame those who exploit their tenants and will be published on the Mayor’s website.
Richard Lambert, chief executive officer of the National Landlords Association, said that it is the first time renters have had a central online tool that should take some of the stress out of reporting potentially criminal housing conditions to their local authority.
He added: “The Mayor’s name and shame online database brings information on criminal landlords and agents together to make it much easier for renters to find and avoid landlords anyone who has been prosecuted for housing related crimes.”
The Association of Residential Letting Agents (ARLA) is also backing the scheme. It said: “We have campaigned for the Government’s database of banned letting agents to be publicly available as, with no public access to the database, how will landlords or tenants know if they are using a banned agent?
“This online database overcomes that problem and means tenants and landlords in London can rent with the confidence of knowing their agent has not committed any offences.”