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Image caption This toilet and sink had been plumbed into a shower. All of a city's privately rented homes could be added to a register after inspectors found toilets in showers and garden sheds being used as rooms. Oxford City Council said a new licensing scheme would help maintain a minimum standard. Currently just houses in multiple occupation (HMOs) in Oxford need to be registered with the authority. But the National Landlords Association said the new scheme could "push the most vulnerable out" of the city. The council plans to use £71,000 of government money to increase its enforcement powers across the city's 20,000 privately rented homes. It said that would pay for monitoring and for... Full story

21 January