York has become the latest in a string of councils to announce new penalties to clamp down on rogue landlords.
The news comes in the week in which Yorkshire Devolution movement gathered headlines, and showed that the councils in the area were not afraid to take a strong stance against dubious practices in the region.
The council announced that they are considering imposing fines of up to £30,000 against landlords who fail to meet safety and licensing regulations, as an alternative to prosecution.
It is believed that this move will give the council more scope to tackle poor quality rental homes in the area, raise standards and provide better protection to tenants when they need it the most.
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