The Residential Landlords Association says it is concerned about what it claims to be a misleading suggestion made in a BBC Panorama programme that the private rental market is being deregulated.
The RLA says there are over 100 laws and 400 regulations affecting the sector, including measures to tackle the problem of revenge evictions in the Deregulation Bill currently going through parliament.
Last week the Institute for Fiscal Studies showed that over the course of this Parliament, the budgets of local authority enforcement departments have been cut by over 37 per cent, per head of population in England.
This is supported by Local Government Information Unit research showing 54 per cent of councils fear that they will be unable to meet their statutory duties.
The problem is not a lack of regulation but poor enforcement of the powers already available and no party is promising to reverse the current cuts faced by local authorities says the RLA.