Action is being taken in Southend to clamp down on private landlords who are not providing an adequate service.

Conservative councillor Mark Flewitt told the Essex Echo that the town's local authority is working hard to ensure that those who draw up tenancy agreements to let out property are following health and safety guidance.

His comments come after it emerged that Southend is home to a number of houses in multiple occupation that do not offer tenants sufficient facilities.

Mr Flewitt told the publication: "I do not stereotype all the landlords in Southend as bad and I know there are many safe and positive landlord and tenant relationships."

The councillor added that investigations into improper landlord practices - such as one brought to the public's attention by the Echo newspaper recently - should be welcomed.

Southend's landlords are under scrutiny as the government and property industry debates the potential benefits and pitfalls of a proposed landlord register.

Many private landlords have suggested that they are already regulated enough.

Written by John Weeks

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