The government wants to tackle the problem of bad private landlords as part of its assessment of the rental sector.

In response to the Rugg Review on the industry, the Communities and Local Government department said that it now wants to boost professionalism among private landlords and provide improved consumer protection.

These proposals come after Julie Rugg and David Rhodes from the Centre for Housing Policy at the University of York released an independent review of the private rented sector over six months ago.

Six policy directions were drawn out in the publication, which the pair believe will boost standards across the industry.

Communities and Local Government members have suggested that a landlords register may help matters.

However, the list - which would detail names, addresses and properties owned - has not been widely welcomed by the industry, with the National Landlords Association unsure about the its inclusion of personal information.

Written by Mark Garner

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