Any further government-led changes to do with landlord legal issues must be "carefully considered", according to the chairman of the National Landlords Association (NLA).

David Salusbury said that private landlords are already heavily regulated and there are a number of recent changes that "have yet to settle down".

His comments come after the government today published its response to the Rugg Review - an independent analysis of the private-rented sector in the UK.

The publication was brought out in October 2008, and the NLA stated that the response from politicians was "long-awaited".

One of the changes to the sector encouraged by the government is the addition of a register - including name, home address and rental properties owned - for landlords.

"It is possible to see some benefit to a 'no hurdle', low-cost, easy-to-use register for landlords as part of a concerted drive to root out rogue operators,"said Mr Salusbury. "However, the NLA would be opposed to the collection of rental property addresses."

Earlier this month, the Association of Residential Letting Agents announced that it would be bringing in a new licensing scheme for its members.

Written by Sarah Field

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