A DUP motion said there was a need for all landlords in Northern Ireland to be on a register to help prevent tenants being treated unfairly, on 15 January 2013.
Gregory Campbell said there was a need to safeguard tenants from "unscrupulous landlords" and he eventually would like to see a private rented sector licensing scheme brought forward.
The motion called on Social Development Minister Nelson McCausland to consider introducing such a scheme for landlords operating in the private rented sector.
Mr Campbell added that it was important not to make such a registration scheme too bureaucratic as this would cause people to opt out.
Mr Campbell said statutory provision required for those houses in multiple occupation also needed to be clarified.
Sinn Fein's Fra McCann said there was a need for "robust legislation" in order to ensure that landlords met the requirements.
The second part of the debate can be viewed