An opinion poll's findings, released to back up a call for tougher controls in the private rental sector, suggests 71 per cent of people in Britain want jail sentences for rogue landlords.
Earlier this week we reported on a Local Government Association call for jail sentences for the worst offending landlords and agents.
Now a poll, commissioned by the LGA and the National Housing Federation, says only one in four respondents believe there are "better ways" than jail to punish rogue landlords.
Some 50 per cent of the public questioned support jail sentences and find problems within the private rental sector "a significant issue".
Another 21 per cent also agree with irresponsible landlords being jailed but do not regard the problem to be major.
The LGA, which represents over 370 councils across England and Wales, says private landlords and lettings agents who are “creating misery” should not be simply fined but should also be jailed.