The government is pumping more money into a campaign to root out rogue landlords.
Housing Minster Heather Wheeler has made £2 million of extra cash available to councils for a crackdown on bad landlords.
She wants councils to bid to fund enforcement action across England against landlords renting out homes with poor living and safety standards.
“Everyone deserves to live in a home that is safe and secure, and it is vital we crack down on the small minority of landlords who are not giving their tenants this security” said the minister.
“This funding will help further strengthen councils’ powers to tackle rogue landlords and ensure that poor-quality homes in their area are improved, making the housing market fairer for everyone.”
Wheeler explained the money was to fund new ways for councils to identify and prosecute rogue landlords.
“Councils already have strong powers to require landlords to make necessary improvements to a property and can use a range of measures, including fines and banning orders, to tackle rogue landlords,” said a housing spokesman.
“The new funding will support a range of projects that councils have said will help them to ramp up action against criminal landlords – for example, to build relationships with external organisations such as the emergency services, legal services and local housing advocates.
“Councils may also decide to support tenants to take action against poor standards through rent repayment orders, or develop digital solutions, helping officers to report back and make decisions quicker.”
The spokesman added that 82 per cent of tenants renting 4.5 million properties are satisfied with their homes and that only a minority of bad landlords break the law by letting out inadequate or unsafe housing.