Londoners Support Mandatory Licensing and Searchable Landlord Database


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Mandatory licensing and being able to search a database for rogue landlords are the top improvements that tenants in London would like to see, new research has found.

There is also support for some kind of rent controls to make renting a home more affordable but not a lot for longer tenancies, according to the YouGov survey for rental marketplace The House Shop.

It found that 65% would like landlords to be licensed and registered on an official database while 63% want to be able to look up a potential landlords to check for any unprofessional or illegal activity.

While there is already a basic rogue landlord database in London there is not a single, comprehensive database with national coverage, Nick Marr, co-founder of The House Shop, pointed out that unscrupulous landlords can continue letting out sub-standard rental properties with no way for future tenants to know about their past.

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