Rogue and absent private landlords in the north-east of England have been told to "get out or improve their game".

Stephen Croft, housing and development manager at Sunderland-based regeneration agency Back on the Map, has launched a project to make the city's private rented sector better.

There will be 60 houses renovated in the east end of Sunderland thanks to the new scheme, and Mr Croft hopes this move will influence private landlords to look after their own bricks and mortar.

"One of our aims was to try to influence the private letting market,"he explained to the Sunderland Echo.

"Part of the reason we are [doing] this is to raise the game to try to improve the quality of houses to rent in the area."

It comes after the government and Association of Residential Letting Agents launched a new licensing scheme for letting companies last month, and the Communities and Local Government department called for the new landlord register in the UK.

Written by Mark Garner

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