Private landlords would benefit from increased regulation across the buy-to-let housing sector, according to one property expert.

Stuart Law, chief executive officer and founder of investment advisers Assetz, said that private landlords would "raise their standards"if there was further regulation implemented.

If this was to occur, it would allow individual property professionals to compete with the bigger institutions in the industry, he explained.

Mr Law also warned that larger housing sector firms could end up taking the lion's share of the UK-based rental business if laws are not changed.

He said: "If [new] regulations do not come in, [the bigger] institutions will probably deliver better quality, better run stock and over time they will squeeze out smaller landlords."

Experienced landlords were recently described as "vultures"by some respondents to a University of Nottingham study on the buy-to-let sector.

This was in reference to the way they have taken advantage of lower property prices in the last few months to boost their portfolios.

Written by John Weeks

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