New government legislation will focus on identifying rogue operators who give reputable landlords a bad name, a minister has vowed.

Iain Wright said that the government would not bring forward "knee-jerk legislation"that would risk hampering the growth of the private-rented sector.

Speaking at the National Landlords Association (NLA) National Conference this weekend, he claimed that future rental laws would focus on identifying and bringing to justice unlawful landlords.

Mr Wright added that the market had become "a great tool"to help house many people in the UK, claiming that he wanted to see the sector thrive in the coming years.

Commenting on the speech, chairman of the NLA David Salisbury said: "The minister has re-affirmed what the NLA has known for years: the people who suffer the most from burdensome regulation are reputable landlords."

More must now be done to ensure that rogue operators did not fall further under the radar, with the conference demonstrating that "constructive dialogue"between landlords and decision-makers was "the only way forward".

This comes after firefighters in Scotland launched a crackdown on landlords who endanger the lives of their tenants by renting out "death-trap homes"to migrant workers, according to the Press and Journal.ADNFCR-2002-ID-18906223-ADNFCR

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