Private landlords who use letting agents to manage their rental yields would welcome proposals for increased regulation, the British Property Federation (BPF) has suggested.

Ian Fletcher, residential director at the BPF, says a better regulated private rented sector will improve consumer protection and benefit landlords.

"Landlords place a great deal of trust in agents to handle significant sums in rent coming in and held on their account,"he said.

His comments come after calls at the Association of Residential Letting Agents' (Arla's) annual conference to drive up standards among letting agents - by introducing new regulation to improve the quality of homes to let.

Dr Julie Rugg, speaking at the event, commented that surveying services for landlords could be a "big new business opportunity for agents".

Ian Potter, operations manager for Arla, added that the current economic climate provides a good opportunity to introduce reforms which would set new standards for all letting agents.ADNFCR-2002-ID-19013445-ADNFCR

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