Awareness of landlord law is crucial for those entering the private rented sector in the current climate, Norwich City Council has indicated.

Despite the significant impact of the economic downturn on the housing market, the rental sector "seems to be thriving", the authority said.

But it warned that this trend could see more inexperienced landlords entering the market who are less savvy about rental laws.

"Landlords and tenants are unsure of their rights and responsibilities, especially if they are new to the sector,"the council said.

The body added that this "could lead to them involuntarily breaking the law".

A forum is being held by the council on February 18th which will offer private landlords in the city advice on rental laws and grants they can access to fund energy improvements to their properties.

This comes after Paragon Mortgages managing director John Heron encouraged more private landlords to use the Landlord Energy Saving Allowance, which offers tax breaks on the cost of energy-efficient property improvements such as draft proofing and cavity wall insulation.ADNFCR-2002-ID-19026128-ADNFCR

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