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Landlords Beware:  New EPC Rules!

06 May

Landlords Beware: New EPC Rules!

New rules concerning Energy Performance Certificates became applicable from 1 April 2020.

It is over a decade since the introduction of Energy Performance Certificates but from 1 April 2020, the Government ramped the regulations up to another level and it is essential that residential Landlords keep up. 

What were the previous EPC rules relating to residential let properties? 

A residential Landlord had to have an Energy Performance Certificate with an energy efficiency rating of “E” or above when granting a NEW tenancy prior to the introduction of the new rules. 

What are the new EPC rules relating to residential let properties? 

It is now a requirement that a Landlord must have an Energy Performance Certificate rating of at least an “E” or above for EXISTING tenancies and therefore if your rental property does not achieve a rating of “E” or above, it is absolutely essential that you make the improvements required to improve your property’s energy efficiency rating to the required level. 

How do I know what I can improve to increase my EPC rating? 

Your current Energy Performance Certificate contains details of potential improvements that can be made to the Property in order to increase its energy rating. Cost estimates are also displayed, but please bear in mind that these costs will have been estimated at the time that the Certificate was produced. 

How long is my Energy Performance Certificate valid for? 

Your Energy Performance Certificate is valid for a period of ten years from the date shown at the top of the front page. 

What should I do if my EPC has expired or I do not have one? 

You should contact a registered Domestic Energy Rating Assessor and arrange for a new Energy Performance Certificate to be completed.  Please contact us if you would like a referral to a reliant local Energy Assessor. 

What are the consequences if I do not have an EPC with at least an “E” rating? 

It is illegal to let your property out (unless you have a registered exemption) and it could result in a financial penalty from the Local Council. 

What if Energy Efficiency improvements are required? 

You ought to instruct the relevant labourers to provide you with quotes with a view to commencing work as soon as possible but it is essential to adhere to the length of notice you must give to your tenants as prescribed in the tenancy before entering the premises with or without trades people. 

More Information 

For more information on Energy Performance Certificates, Tenancy Agreements and purchasing a buy-to-let property, please contact our Property Law Expert, Sam Price on 0114 2495969.