The lack of choice of property at the time meant that tenants were often forced to rent substandard accommodation.
But driven by a raft of legislation and having being hit hard by the recession, Graham Kinnear from Landlord Assist, believes the industry now enjoys a much better reputation.
He says: “The credit crunch has forced more and more people to turn to rented accommodation over the last 18 months. This has helped to remove bad landlords from the UK rental market and made those remaining much more socially aware, with affordable accommodation and high quality customer service becoming a priority.”
“Reams of legislation have also tidied up the sector, with deposits needed to be protected and local authorities having control over the standard of private sector housing to ensure safety for tenants.”
“Institutional investors have also introduced high quality rental accommodation to the market and enforced others to provide better quality accommodation in order to compete.”
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