tenantplus, you seem very argumentative? Rob has suggested what many others have suggested and it is a very good idea. You are entirely correct in saying that the punishment for both should be the same but you will find that many tenants who abuse their tenancies still end up in another tenancy somewhere else. I do not think anyone would argue with the point that some people should not be landlords and there should be legislation in place to prevent them from letting properties. However as with tenants landlords also get themselves into trouble through naivety and even trying to help people but going about it in the wrong way, these landlords need support and guidance not just band from try to help other people find a home.
As you your comment to me, you will see in my previous post that i do not agree with selling off stock. I would also like