Landlords in Norfolk are being warned to make sure that their homes are properly heated in order to avoid prosecution, a report has revealed.

According to the Norwich Evening News, the city council has begun plans to inspect more than 80 rental units in Earlham House after initial tests revealed that some were "excessively cold".

The flats in the housing block are owned by private landlords, but the council has warned that it will take action against those who are found to be endangering the lives of tenants over the winter by failing to heat their properties to a legally acceptable level.

Inspections have now been carried out at almost half the flats in Earlham house, with the majority of landlords involved conceding that their properties need to be improved.

"We are working on an appropriate completion date for improvements and expect work on the coldest flats to be completed this winter,"said Paul Swanborough, private sector housing manager for Norwich City Council.

This comes after a report by the Oxford Mail revealed that officials in Oxford had received a record number of complaints from tenants over the standard of their rented accommodation during the last 12 months.ADNFCR-2002-ID-18948101-ADNFCR

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