Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards - 2018 Update
The Energy Efficiency (Private Rented Property) (England and Wales) Regulations 2015 introduced measures to improve energy efficiency standards in rented properties.
From April 2018, Landlords of privately rented property must ensure that their properties reach at least an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) rating of E before granting a new tenancy to new, or existing Tenants. These requirements will then apply to all private rented properties, even where there has been no change in tenancy arrangements – from 1st April 2020.
An Energy Performance Certificate is valid for 10 years and prospective Tenants must have sight of an EPC before entering into a contract. The EPC must accompany the contract for signature and a valid certificate is required when serving notice for possession. We will notify Landlords when a new EPC is required.
If you do not have an EPC, because the regulations were not in place when you last rented the property, we can arrange an Energy Performance Report (EPR). The assessor will identify, where applicable, the changes required to bring the property to the acceptable level. Once the work has been carried out a new EPC certificate can be issued only after re-inspection of the property.
For our managed properties we can obtain quotations for work to improve the property to bring the EPC rating up to an E (or higher), if it has previously been rated F or G. In the case of non-managed Landlords, we will be happy to arrange the above at an agreed fee.
Information regarding energy saving measures can found via The Energy Saving Advice Service (www.energysavingtrust.org.uk). It is possible for funding to be sought through the Green Deal Plan, Energy Company Obligation, or similar scheme.
Landlords must apply directly for funding. If your application for funding is not successful the property can be registered exempt however, to do this, extensive documentary evidence is required to prove that you have explored all funding routes. If funding is granted, Tenants must be in agreement for funded works to proceed.
You can view your current EPC online at www.epcregister.com
Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions you may have.