Housing and Planning Act to deal with abandoned properties issue
Landlords across the country will be relieved to know that the Housing and Planning Act, which recently received Royal Ascent, will create a new process to deal with the problem of abandoned properties. The issue occurs when a tenant moves out of a property before the tenancy has ended without informing the landlord. New data from the National Landlords Association (NLA) shows that 36% of landlords have had to deal with this situation. When it occurs the costs can quickly mount. The tenant has often left when outstanding rent is owed, and yet the tenant still has a legal right to return and take up residence at any time. To regain possession of the abandoned property the landlord has to go through legal process which can often take months.
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