Labour MP Phil Wilson is taking a second swipe at trying to make all landlords sign up to a national register for England.
Wilson wants to push the Private Landlords (Registration) Bill through Parliament.
But he has a fight on his hands as the government has refused to rubberstamp the Bill’s passage to the statute book.
Sedgefield MP Wilson tried to pass a similar Bill in 2011, which was thrown out at the first hurdle.
This time, he has added clauses demanding mandatory licensing for landlords and is due to put his Bill before MPs in Westminster for a second reading on October 26.
Housing Minister Heather Wheeler is against the Bill and has vehemently spoken out against mandatory licensing of landlords in England.
“The government does not support a mandatory register of private landlords,” she said.
“The majority of landlords provide decent and well managed accommodation and requiring those landlords to sign up to a national register would introduced an unnecessary and costly additional layer of bureaucracy.”
Wilson does have the backing of Shadow Housing Secretary John Healey.
“Councils, housing associations and the police need strong legal powers so no landlord can let a property without meeting certain basic standards to give tenants confidence and the rights they do not have now.
“Councils also need more power to set up the sort of register that Phil Wilson is arguing for, so that people know who owns the property and know who to go to when there are problems.
“Most landlords take their responsibility seriously, but we have too large a group where they need to be pushed to do the right thing.”
Landlords in Scotland and Wales already have mandatory licensing schemes.