From 1st April 2018 legislative changes come into effect, which require residential rental properties to have an EPC (Energy Performance Certificate) of E or above. The two lowest grades of F and G will be unlawful from this date.
The regulations will come into force for new lets and tenancy renewals from this April and all existing tenancies from 1st April 2020.
From these dates any rented property that breaches this requirement will be at risk of a civil penalty of up to £4,000, unless there is an applicable exemption.
Here is a summary of what Landlords need to know about the EPC changes:
- The regulations apply to private rented properties in England and Wales.
- Properties within the scope are those that already have an EPC, are required to have an EPC or are within a larger unit, which in itself is required to have an EPC, either at point of sale or let.
- No changes have been made to existing regulations about which properties should have an EPC. If a property doesn’t have an EPC, then the regulations don’t apply.
- Both flats and houses are subject to the regulations. In this case, a flat means a self-contained unit.
- Non-self contained units like bedsits do not require an individual EPC. However, if the bedsit is within a property that does have an EPC, then the regulations will need to be complied with before the bedsit can be rented out.
- The current EPC (if there is one) must be no more than 10 years old.
If you would like to read more about EPC changes please start here and navigate your way around:
Buildings exempt from the regulations:
- Buildings that are officially protected because of their special historical merit. This includes listed buildings where changes to make the property more energy efficient may conflict with its architectural preservation. However we advise that all landlords do their EPC and apply for an exemption if it does conflict with the latest status.
- Temporary buildings with a planned timed use of 2 years or less.
- Residential buildings, which used less than 4 months of the year.
- Stand alone buildings with a total usable floor area of less than 50 square meters.
What should you do if you’re concerned?
Most of our rental properties have an EPC rating of E or above so have no need to worry about these new regulations.
However, government legislation will only go one way in the future, in the direction of better energy efficiency. So, good practise would be to bear this in mind with any works you do to your property. Indeed future tenants may demand good energy efficiency as part of their property search.
If you need an EPC, please contact us here and we can arrange one for you.
We can also advise landlords on how to improve the energy efficiency of their properties. There are so many things you can do including installing or improving:
- Thermostat boilers and room heaters
- All types of insulation including internal, cavity, underfloor and external
- Draught proofing including doors and windows
- Efficient hot water showers and hot water taps
- Heating ventilation and air conditioning controls
- Lighting system fittings and controls (including roof lights, lamps and luminaires)
- Pipework insulation
- Replacement window/door glazing
- Ceiling improvements (including duct ceiling)
- Double glazing
If you would like to learn more about how we can help you avoid potential risks in your property please contact:
Nichola Andrews, Director of Property Management
020 7368 4418
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