span lang="EN-US">A council is threatening to fine private landlords whose properties do not meet energy efficiency standards.
span lang="EN-US">Darlington council’s cabinet will meet shortly to decide whether to issue civic penalties against landlords who refuse to improve their properties to meet the minimum national energy efficiency standards.
span lang="EN-US">More than 250 private rented properties in Darlington have been identified as having an EPC rating of F or G. If the landlords fail to improve their properties, they could be fined up to £5,000.
span lang="EN-US">If the cabinet agrees to use the new powers, the council will advise the offending landlords that they are committing an offence. They will be told about energy efficient grants which could help them improve their properties and given 14 days to show either the work has been done or is planned. If action is not taken, the council will investigate and a penalty notice of up to £5,000 could be issued.
span lang="EN-US">“Fines may be issued without warning against landlords who have a history of not complying with housing regulations,” the council said in a statement.