Councils could be given new powers to improve standards in shared homes, such as ensuring rooms do not fall below a minimum size.
The proposed measures would close a loophole that had allowed landlords to rent out rooms that were far too small for an adult to occupy.
As well as imposing a minimum room size of 6.52 square metres, mandatory licensing rules would also apply to all shared homes with five or more people in them.
Housing and planning minister, Gavin Barwell, said: ‘These measures will give councils the powers they need to tackle poor-quality rental homes in their area.
‘By driving out rogue landlords that flout the rules out of business, we are raising standards and giving tenants the protection they need.’
The proposals would also require landlords of shared homes to provide decent storage and disposal of rubbish.