Housing policy experts have issued a call for stricter new minimum standards in the private rented sector to combat rogue landlords.
A new report from the Chartered Institute of Housing and thinktank the Resolution Foundation said landlords who exploit tenants should face tough sanctions.
The recommendations have also gained the support of the National Landlords Association, the umbrella body representing landlords.
The report says there has been huge expansion in the number of private rented homes in the past 15 years, with some landlords trying to take advantage of tenants.
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