The government's plan to help secured loans holders avoid having their homes repossessed has been welcomed.
Under new court protocols, lenders are to find that repossessions can only be carried out as a last resort.
And Peter Bolton King, chief executive of the National Association of Estate Agents (NAEA), noted that it will come as a relief to many households that are struggling in the credit crunch.
But he added: "Following this announcement it is now more crucial then ever to ensure that the correct procedures are followed, allowing repossession to be seen truly as the last resort."
The NAEA also backed government recommendations that sale and rent back schemes (which see secured loans holders sell their property at a discount in return for remaining as tenants) should be regulated.
General secretary of the Trades Union Congress Brendan Barber also welcomed the plans, calling for lenders to act more responsibly towards families.
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