Increasing number of landlords face ‘tenant abandonment’ issues

‘Tenant abandonment’ is becoming increasingly common in the UK, according to a study conducted by the National Landlords Association (NLA).

The NLA’s latest survey revealed that over a third of landlords had experienced the issue.

Many said that their tenants had abandoned rented properties prior to the end of tenancy agreements – leaving unwanted costs and complications behind.

Some of those surveyed claimed that they had lost out on missed rent payments and others said that they had been forced to take legal action in order to regain possession of their properties.

Plans to tackle the increasing issue have been laid out in the Government’s recent Housing and Planning Act; which has now received Royal Assent.

Richard Lambert, chief executive of the NLA, said: “The Act will create a new process to deal with the issue, giving landlords far greater security and peace of mind when recovering properties they believe to have been abandoned.”

Increasing complications across the UK highlight the importance of landlords seeking specialist legal advice to avoid costly complications.