It would be understandable, given all the new regulations and restrictions placed upon them, for landlords to want to get out, and stay out, of the lettings market. 

It is great news for the huge number of tenants who rely on private landlords for housing that all the new legislation is not putting landlords off.  

Many would understand that with all the new obligations and associated costs being placed on landlords, those landlords would look to leave the private rental sector. If they did then that would put even more pressure on the already over-stretched social housing sector. The hope is that landlords welcome the changes to the private rental sector as they see that it is to offer protection to tenants from unscrupulous landlords and agents. Those landlords who appreciate they have a responsibility to provide a good standard of property at a reasonable price are the landlords that the market wants to keep.