The Residential Landlords Association (RLA) is calling on councils to root out criminal landlords, following the University of York’s report on private rented housing.

The RLA, which contributed to the report, said it is time local authorities showed strong political leadership and used powers already at their disposal to tackle the ‘rogues’.

David Smith, policy director for the RLA, said that although satisfaction rates are high, according to the English Housing Survey 2016/17, there is still room for improvement.

He also asked for a root and branch review of all regulations affecting the sector.

He said: "Whilst the Government’s own data shows that 84 per cent of private tenants are satisfied with their accommodation, no one should have to face living in sub-standard accommodation.

“With RLA research showing that there are well over 100 Acts of Parliament regulating the sector, the problem is with the enforcement of these laws.

“We are calling on councils to provide the political leadership needed to use the extensive powers they have to find and root out the minority of landlords who are criminals and have no place in the market.

“We agree with concerns about the complexity of the legislation surrounding the market.

"Tenants, landlords and local authorities all need to clearly understand their roles, responsibilities and the powers available to tackle poor housing. For many this has become difficult to achieve.

“A root and branch review of all regulations affecting the sector needs to be carried out to understand if they are achieving what was originally intended. There is no point passing new laws and regulations if the existing ones are not being enforced properly.”