Under new government regulations, private landlords in Thurrock must ensure rented properties have an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) rated E or above, unless they have a valid exemption in place.
The new rules, brought in by the government to strengthen safety standards, will apply to all privately rented properties, including houses in multiple occupation (HMOs). From 1 July 2020, they will affect all new and existing tenancies that are required to have an EPC.
Cllr Barry Johnson, Cabinet member for housing, said: "These regulations will bring the private sector in line with council properties where a full electrical safety test is undertaken at the start of a tenancy and then every 5 years."
Electrical safety tests must be undertaken by a qualified person before new tenancies begin, or by 1 April 2021 on existing tenancies, and at least every 5 years during a tenancy. Landlords will need to provide a copy of reports to their tenants, and to Thurrock Council if requested.
Cllr Johnson added: "We can impose a financial penalty of up to £30,000 to landlords who don’t comply with remedial works following any tests.
"This is a major step towards making sure the private rented sector offers housing that our residents deserve."
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