On the 1st April 2018, a law was passed meaning that Landlords would be unable to grant a new tenancy if the Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) for their property did not show at least a rating of ‘E’ for energy efficiency.
However, this is now set to change again on the 1st April 2020, to include all existing tenancies. So if you have a tenant living in a property that currently has an F or G rating, it will soon be illegal.
We’ve made sure every property we manage is fully compliant, but if you want to check on the rating on your house or flat, you can do so via the EPC Register. You might also want to check it’s still in-date (they last for 10 years).
EPCs have been a legal requirement for all rented properties since 2008. They rate 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.
The new law states that it will be illegal to have tenants in a property until a new EPC is produced demonstrating its sufficiently energy efficient, so it’s very important that this is reviewed early to avoid potential fines.
Every EPC comes with a list of suggestions on how to improve the property’s overall efficiency, along with a list of general costs. Common recommendations include: