From 1 April 2018, landlords will be unable to grant a tenancy – whether it be a new one or a renewal of an existing one – if their property’s Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) does not show at least a rating 'E' for energy efficiency.
Then, from 1st April 2020, the minimum 'E' rating will apply to all existing tenancies.
EPCs have been a legal requirement for all rented properties since 2008. Each certificate last for 10 years and rates a property’s energy efficiency between A and G, with A being the highest rating possible. They show how efficiently a home uses energy, the cost of running a home and recommendations on how to improve the overall energy efficiency.
All recorded EPCs can be found via the online EPC Register.
Typically, properties with a low rating have most, if not all, of the following characteristics;
Further to the above, suggestions have been made to increase the minimum rating to D in 2025, then to C in 2030. It is therefore advisable for landlords to consider increasing the energy efficiency to the highest possible rating in order to avoid potential restrictions on future lets.