When is an RSL not and RSL?

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    Morning all,

    Just a quicky (oo-er missus). I have just dealt with a case where the evidence of rent was a letter from the landlord’s agent. Leaving aside the fact that this was inadequate in itself, it got me pondering about referring the rent to the Rent Service.

    The Landlord is an RSL. The agent appears to be a voluntary body calling itself a housing association but it is not an RSL. Now, I’ve seen it the other way around before, but not this way. The letter from the agent makes it very clear that the RSL is the actual landlord.

    As far as I can see, we don’t need to refer this to the Rent Service (apart from if we think it’s unreasonable). The landlord is an RSL and who the agent is, is irrelevant.

    What say you, good people?


    Kevin D

    I think your analysis must be correct (unless there is evidence to suggest that the set-up is merely a sham / device to avoid a RO referral).

    The words “agent” and “landlord” are distinguished in various regs.

    There was also a previous thread where the definition of landlord got a partial airing.



    Thanx for that Kevin. It’s more contentious the other way around but I was fairly sure that my thinking was right in this case.



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