Walsh welcomes new crackdown on landlords flouting the law

Colnbrook’s councillor James Walsh has welcomed a new crackdown by Slough Borough Council on landlords flouting the law.

Landlords without an official energy efficiency rating are being targeted in a pilot project by Slough Borough Council’s trading standards team.

Landlords will be asked to provide a valid EPC by officers or face a £200 fixed penalty notice.

The initiative is designed to tackle Slough’s Beds in Sheds problem.

Cllr James Walsh, commissioner for health and wellbeing, said:

“EPCs are a legal requirement and I’m delighted to hear our trading standards officers are clamping down on this issue, particularly as we will be checking EPCs as part of our crackdown on people living illegally in outbuildings.

“Faced with a potential fine of £200, I imagine most landlords without an EPC will be getting one sorted pretty quickly.”

As part of the project, which began this month and runs until the end of July, trading standards officers will be visiting estate and letting agents and contacting private landlords to ensure all premises are compliant with the legislation.

Landlords will have seven days to provide a valid EPC if they don’t already have one.

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