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23 May 2016

‘New hope’ for landlords hit by abandoned properties

Help will soon be at hand for landlords wanting to regain possession of an abandoned property, according to the National Landlords Association (NLA).

New NLA figures show that one in three (36%) landlords  have had a property abandoned by tenants.

That means tens of thousands of tenants have moved out before their tenancy agreement has finished but without telling their landlord. 

Until now, the association says abandonment has caused big problems for landlords, who are often owed outstanding rent.

Regaining possession of the property, it adds, is troublesome as landlords have to go through a legal process that can take months.

That, says the NLA, is because it is illegal for landlords to stop the continuation of a tenancy while tenants have a legal right to return and resume residence at any point.

But, adds the association, the process of regaining possession of an abandoned property is now set to get easier.

Its chief executive, Richard Lambert, says a new process to deal with abandonment will be created by the Housing and Planning Act. The move, he adds, will give landlords "far greater security and peace of mind".

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