A new scheme has been launched in east London that aims to name and shame the private landlords who are renting out 'slum' properties.

The East London Advertiser reports that there are a number of landlords and property agents failing the families living in this part of the capital.

Campaigners in the region will be developing a Decent Homes charter and those professionals who do not sign up to the initiative - or do not meet the required standards to do so - will be advertised.

Development manager for the campaign Liz Thorne told the newspaper: "It's time these unscrupulous barons were forced to smarten up their act."

Earlier this month, Southend's Conservative councillor Mark Flewitt told the Essex Echo that the town's local authority is looking at ways to improve the standards of private rented sector property in the region.

Authorities will be making sure that landlords are correctly following health and safety guidance.

Written by Sarah Field
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