A new association has been launched to lobby for regulation and protection for the room letting sector.
The Lodger Landlords Association (LLA) is aimed at both lodgers who rent rooms and the individuals who rent out a room in their home.
The association is targeting the same level of protection for lodgers as is given to other areas of the private rental market, ensuring that non-compliance is discouraged and monitored.
The LLA intends to lobby for the creation of a legal framework, with the aim of providing comprehensive guidance and education to live-in landlords to ensure that legal and safety requirements are met.
Experts believe that many live-in landlords would benefit from guidance on best practice, with the LLA also developing insurance solutions targeted at live-in landlords.
Landlords in the UK generate more than £3.3 billion for the economy each year, with the LLA calling for an increased focus on regulating the lodging market.
Richard Blanco, the London Representative of the National Landlords Association, said: “Many live-in landlords would benefit from education and guidance on best practice, the skills that the team at the Lodger Landlords Association aim to deliver will properly equip all who desire to rent a room in their home, without the unnecessary pitfalls that not having the correct guidance can cause.
“Having rightly identified the need for such support, I would recommend those with lodgers take advantage of the membership, training and accreditation being offered, similarly to the NLA for the wider landlord community.”