Some of the regulations private landlords have to follow are reaching an "unreasonable"level, according to Property Hawk website editor Chris Horne.

Government control over these property professionals - including the proposed landlords licence - provide more "hoops"that landlords must to jump through, he said.

Despite these thoughts, Mr Horne is aware of the importance of landlords' responsibilities when it comes to the safety of tenants.

"Whilst I support landlords taking action in respect of laws which have been introduced purely to protect the safety of tenants, what I and Property Hawk object to is more and more legislation and regulation that offer very little positive benefit,"the expert claimed.

Earlier this year, the Association of Residential Letting Agents announced a new licensing scheme to clamp down on rogue property companies.

This was closely followed by government proposals aimed at helping the private rented sector improve its image and maintain high standards across the industry.

Written by Sarah Field

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