Much like businesses and retailers have to adhere to specifically designed laws when advertising their products, landlords are also required to do the same when they're letting their properties.

Designed to provide security for both investors and tenants, there are a wide range of legal regulations to take into account when operating in the private rental sector - and Tessa Shepperson of landlordlaw.co.uk believes that complying with this is integral to avoiding any problems in the future.

"If landlords deal with things properly and comply with the various regulations then they should be fine. The problem is when they are ignorant of these," she said.

So as well as factors such as rent prices, landlord insurance policies and tenancy lengths to take into account, it is also vital for investors to ensure that they are sticking to the law when letting their assets.

Maintaining properties up to a legal standard for the rental market is one of the key requirements for landlords - ensuring there are adequate fire safety measures in place, keeping electrical installations properly secured and dealing with any structural problems are all vital to avoid unintentionally breaking the law.

Indeed, considering that the "I didn't know" ticket doesn't wash in the courtroom, it appears that anyone who lets their holdings should acquaint themselves with their legal obligations - failure to do so carries the risk of prosecution.

"You do need to learn about your legal rights and obligations. Landlords are deemed to know these, and ignorance of the law is never a defence or a valid excuse. Just a reason."

Whether it's taking steps to place a tenant's deposit in a holding scheme or securing the light fittings properly, it seems that landlords should play close attention to the legal requirements of the letting sector in order to prevent any unwanted clashes with the law.