Some of the bad private landlords who are targeted by the government's newly proposed register will still "slip under the radar", according to one property expert.

Malcolm Harrison, an independent property authority based in the UK, said that he and others in the private landlord industry are "puzzled"about what the register is meant to prove.

Landlord names and addresses, as well as the properties they own, would be included on any such register, but there have been a number of queries - including from the National Landlords Association - about what this will achieve.

"The difficulty that there has always been when it comes to the question of 'is a landlord up to standard?' is finding the bad landlords,"Mr Harrison explained. "You still have that problem, in that the bad landlord won't register."

The Association of Residential Letting Agents recently launched a new government-backed licensing scheme for letting firms to try and clamp down on unscrupulous companies in the sector.

Written by Claire Doyle
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