Any new private landlord measures being mooted by the government should be introduced quickly, according to the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (Rics).

The Communities and Local Government department this week proposed a number of changes to help the landlord-tenancy relationship, and Rics has called for "swift action"on the matter.

Politicians behind the proposals were responding to the Rugg Review, an independent report on the private rented sector by two individuals from the University of York.

In a statement, Rics said: "Growth in the private rented sector must be encouraged to provide a choice of homes and as an alternative to owning a home.

"It is essential to have a range of housing options so people can live in the appropriate property for their income and situation in life."

Private landlords allow people in the UK the flexibility of taking job opportunities as and when they arise and are an important part of the housing industry, the organisation added.

Written by Claire Doyle

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