Consultation has begun on plans for a selective licensing scheme for landlords in Rotherham.
The proposals aim to improve standards in the private rented sector as well as reduce low housing demand in some neighbourhoods.
Rotherham Council says that empty homes can lead to high levels of anti-social behaviour and cause more people to leave communities.
Under the scheme landlords are being asked to do more to ensure properties are being kept to high standards of repair.
Holding a five-year licence will cost landlords up to £687.
The council said tenants should also understand what to expect from landlords and what they should do to be good neighbours when they rent a house.
Questionnaires have been sent out this week to every residential and business address in the proposed licensing areas of central Rotherham, Masbrough, Eastwood, Maltby South East and Dinnington.
Visit www.rotherham.gov.uk/landlordlicensing for more details.