Housing Minister Grant Shapps said today plans for a national register of landlords in England will be scrapped by the Government.
Labour had planned to enforce a number of measures to regulate the private rented sector, which will not now be implemented by the coalition Government.
These include a national register, regulation of letting and managing agents, and compulsory written tenancy agreements.
Shapps said the necessary legal framework was already in place to protect the rights of both tenants and landlords, and previously stated a national register would not encourage investment in the private rented sector.
He said: "Today I make a promise to good landlords across the country: the Government has no plans to create any burdensome red tape and bureaucracy, so you are able to continue providing a service to your tenants.
"But for the bad landlords, I am putting councils on alert to use the range of powers already at their disposal to make sure tenants are properly protected."
David Salusbury, chairman of the National Landlords Association (NLA), says: "We are very pleased that the Government is rejecting previous attempts to introduce a register: it was the wrong way to go about raising standards in the private-rented sector and would not have rooted out rogue landlords.
"In fact, we believe the likely consequence could have been to penalise the law-abiding, while at the same time driving the worst landlords under the radar."
Matt Hutchinson, director of Spareroom.co.uk, adds: "Clearly, steps have to be taken to rein in the few rogue landlords out there, but heavy handed over-regulation of the whole sector was never the right approach.
"Letting local authorities regulate their own areas makes sense, so long as departments have the right level of training to deal with the issues and landlords know where to go to get definitive answers to their questions."
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