An industry group has welcomed the government's acknowledgement than some housing stock in the UK is below the acceptable standard.

The Association of Residential Letting Agents (Arla) said homes owned by some private landlords in Britain fall short of the minimum requirements.

This, it stated, is particularly true in the case of energy efficiency, as many houses unnecessarily waste power.

Ian Potter, operations manager of Arla, said this is why he believes private landlords should be offered property tax incentives.

"Our research shows that if this kind of incentive were to be offered more than six in ten would use the additional money to upgrade their property portfolio,"he commented.

He added that Arla has already recommended to the government that such a policy be introduced.

According to official government figures, the size of the private rented sector grew from 2.7 million in 2007 to almost three million last year.

Written by Mark Garner

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