The Residential Landlords Association (RLA) has accused Shelter of playing the ‘anti-landlord card’ with its campaign to end the fees lettings agencies charge to tenants.
According to the RLA, the charity’s stance will only hurt tenants, as it will lead to increasing costs for landlords, which will result in rents rising.
“Once again we have Shelter peddling the same anti-landlord rhetoric, seeking to place yet more costs on the shoulders of landlords,” said the RLA’s chairman Alan Ward.
“With almost 90% of landlords being either individuals or couples renting just a few properties, Shelter seems to think that landlords have a bottomless pit of money to spend.
“A similar scheme in Scotland has put many letting agents out of business, thereby reducing choice for tenants and landlords.
“Shelter’s campaign to impose on landlords excessive and unneeded red tape and costs will only serve to drive up rents for the very same tenants they try to serve.”