As of April 1st 2018, private landlords in England and Wales who rent out private or commercial property, or are due to renew tenancies, are required to have a minimum rating of E on their Energy Performance Certificate.
This newly enforced regulation means that it will be illegal to rent out a property with an EPC rating of F or G (A being the most efficient and G the least).
These changes follow the Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES) which were enforced in 2015 as part of 2011’s Energy Act. An EPC is required when a property is made available for sale or rent and provides details of energy use and costs, and how these can be reduced.
If an EPC doesn’t comply with a rating of E by April 1st, landlords could be faced with a hefty penalty of up to £4,000.
The reason for these changes is a result of the government identifying the property market as a significant contributor to greenhouse gas emissions, which could lead to Britain not meeting its target of reducing carbon by 2020, as all buildings must be close to zero emissions by 2050.
Quick Tips on Reducing Your Energy Usage:
- Install double glazing, cavity wall, and loft insulation
- Switch to low energy lighting
- Use thermostatic valves on radiators
If you are a private landlord with an EPC rating of F or G, you can start preparing now by carrying out checks and assessments on your energy use to check if your rating is correct. You can also check if you are eligible for exemption and register on the Public Exemptions Register.
If you are concerned about complying with the upcoming EPC regulations, speak to one of our friendly and experienced team at Bluerow on 0151 709 9638.