A local authority in the north-east is launching a clampdown in a bid to reduce the number of rogue landlords.

From next year, District of Easington Council will make sure prospective landlords meet various requirements before allowing them to let out their homes.

If any landlords continue to let a property without earning and paying for the necessary permit, they could then find themselves liable to face prosecution.

Councillor Robin Todd, executive member for housing at the authority, said: "This scheme is the first step to having some control over the standards of private landlords."

He added that this gives the council a "real opportunity"to improve the quality of privately rented accommodation in the region.

According to a recent study by Paragon Mortgages, most landlords who currently own a buy-to-let property plan to stay in the sector for the foreseeable future.

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