As of April 2018, landlord’s will be required to comply with the Governments 2018 energy regulations.
The Energy Efficiency (Private Rented Property)(England and Wales) Regulations 2015 mean that, from April 2018, private landlords must ensure that all property they rent out in England and Wales reach at least a minimum EPC rating of E. This must be reached before they grant a tenancy to a new or existing tenant/s.
So even if you have a tenant currently residing in your accommodation, before you can renew their tenancy you must make sure that your property has an E rating before issuing a new agreement.
The Government have produced some guidance and advice on the regulations, which you can find HERE.
The document gives guidance on:
- Scope of the regulations: the steps a landlord should take to determine whether their property is covered by the regulations, and the steps they should take to ensure their property complies with the minimum level of energy efficiency;
- Relevant improvements: how a landlord can identify appropriate energy efficiency improvements for their property
- Cost effectiveness: how a landlord can calculate whether particular improvements would be cost effective to install
- Exemptions and exclusions: the exemptions framework and the steps a landlord should take to register a valid exemption
- Enforcement: the enforcement framework and the options open to enforcement authorities when policing compliance with the minimum standards, including information on fines and other penalty options
- The appeals framework: landlord appeals will be heard by the First-tier Tribunal, part of the court system administered by Her Majesty’s Courts and Tribunals Service; the guidance discusses the steps a landlord will need to take to lodge an appeal, and how that process will be run.
The Government will soon publish guidance notes for domestic private landlords on complying with their obligations under the minimum standard regulations.
If you wish to know more or are unsure how this may effect you, please do not hesitate to get in contact with us.