Rotherham Council is to consult on whether to introduce a selective licensing scheme for private rented housing.
A ten-week consultation will begin in January and is geared to tackling housing problems as well as high levels of anti-social behaviour in some areas.
The areas under consideration include Dinnington central and east areas as well as Maltby south east.
Currently only landlords of large houses in multiple occupation require a licence. But the authority believes that a licensing scheme would benefit certain areas where there are high levels of empty properties, frequent turnover of tenancies and high levels of anti-social behaviour.