From the 9th January 2013, there has been a requirement for all landlords to hold a valid Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) prior to marketing a property for rental. This document is an assessment of the property to confirm its energy efficiency in comparison to its potential – and makes suggestions on how that potential could be reached.
The legislation, known as the Minumum Energy Efficiency Standards 2018 is coming into force on 1st April 2018 and more detailed information is available here.. Under these new regulations, any rented property with a new tenancy, renewal of a tenancy or the end of a fixed term and transfer into periodic tenancy must have an EPC rating of at least an E (39 points) or above. Any properties rated F or G must have remedial works carried out to improve their rating (subject to exemptions) to allow them to continue to be let.
From 1st April 2020 these rules will apply to ALL tenanted properties, subject to exemptions and a fine of up to £4000 will be imposed for breaching these regulations. Areas where your EPC rating could be improved include:
- Roof insulation
- Cavity wall insulation
- Central heating upgrade
- Installation of low energy light bulbs
- Installation of thermostatic radiator valves (TRVs) or separate boiler thermostat
- Installation of renewable technologies (solar panels etc)
- Replacement double glazing
- Solar/wind energy
If you would like further information, or would like an EPC carried out, please contact us on 01454 612735.
We have written to all landlords of managed properties who have an EPC rating that needs attention to suggest ways to improve that rating prior to April.