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BBC Radio Jersey
A Jersey deputy wants the States to scrap plans to make landlords hold a licence, and instead have a register of landlords and tenants.
Deputy Rowland Huelin said such a register would help the States know exactly how many people needed housing and what kind of homes they wanted.
The deputy, a landlord himself, said a licencing scheme would lead to higher rents and owners taking their properties off the market.
He also said he believed a register would help everyone, not just landlords.
He said: "You can protect each from each other, and ensure that the good behaviour goes on and there's respect between both parties.
"That can be done if you know exactly where everybody is, and also you can see the serial offenders on both sides."