Gazumping is the biggest irritation in the property market to the general public according to a survey of over 2,000 people.
Respondents were questioned on the extent to which they supported 11 proposed property sector reforms, ranging from laws on gazumping to changes to stamp duty.
The research, conducted for specialist lender Market Financial Solutions, shows that 55 per cent strongly supported new laws to prevent gazumping.
Almost as many - 52 per cent - believe caps should be introduced to restrict the number, value or location of properties that can be bought by non-UK residents.
Some 49 per cent would welcome powers to review rent rises on individual properties while 62 per cent of those who own second or additional properties - a small minority overall - want reform of inheritance tax.
More than half of renters with no intention of buying also support having council tax for rental properties paid by the landlord.