Private tenants in Nottingham will now have more protection from rogue landlords after the government approved a new licensing scheme.
A report by the Building Research Establishment group estimated that 21% of Nottingham’s privately rented properties are likely to have ‘category one hazards’, for example exposed wiring, a dangerous boiler, cold bedrooms, a leaking roof, mould or a vermin infestation.
However, Nottingham City Council said its new licensing scheme will help ensure these issues are addressed.
Councillor Jane Urquhart said: "It will help to improve standards for private tenants and landlords will know exactly what they must do to be able to rent their properties out.
“Having a selective license will allow landlords to demonstrate that they provide good accommodation for tenants."
The scheme covers more than 30,000 privately rented homes in Nottingham and the city council said it is the largest outside London to be given approval by the secretary of state.