It is important that the government gets landlord legal issues right, rather than rushing through new regulations.

That is the view of Ian Austin MP, who was commenting at the National Landlords Association National Conference on Friday November 20th.

Mr Austin, who has been parliamentary under secretary of state for housing since June 2009 and holds responsibility for the private rented sector, spoke for longer than scheduled at the annual gathering in Birmingham.

Much of his time was spent talking about rogue landlords and how to remove them from the industry - he also fielded various questions from the audience.

He told private landlords at the event: "I'm not going to duck the issue. It's in your interests as much as mine that those who bring down your sector are dealt with. But I can't flick a switch in Whitehall and expect the whole system to change overnight."

Written by Mark Garner

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