Does the rental market need a national register?

According to GenerationRent, a national landlord register would increase government regulation in the property sector. We think it is worth considering the positives and negatives of the scheme.


  • Landlords would be required to meet specific standards in order to rent out their property, making tenants less subject to landlord misconduct.
  • It would form a platform for communication between government and local councils on how to best deal with rogue landlords.
  • With increased regulation, landlord figures would be more accurate. Currently, the government only has estimates on the number of landlords operating in the UK.


  • The admin work would act as an extra burden on the landlord and if they fail to register, they will be fined heavily.
  • Local authorities would be faced with the burden of enforcement.
  • Although it remains unclear, it is assumed that the extra costs of running it will have to be paid by the landlord, and potentially the tenant through raised rents.

Although a national register would seem to have obvious benefits in dealing with the few unscrupulous landlords in the UK, most people remain to be convinced that the benefits will outweigh the financial and practical costs.



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