From 1st April 2020 regulations are in place meaning that private Landlords cannot let domestic properties to new or existing Tenants if the Energy Efficiency Rating (EPC) is below an E rating – even when there has been no change in tenancy. Which means for properties with a rating of a F or G they will no longer be able to be rented out.
The Domestic Minimum Energy Efficiency Standard (MEES) Regulations set a minimum energy efficiency level for domestic private rented properties. The Regulations apply to all domestic private rented properties that are let on specific types of tenancy agreement and legally required to have an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC). The Government’s intention is to ensure that every Tenant enjoys the right to live in an energy efficient home. It also contributes to the UK legislative targets of reducing co2 emissions for all buildings to around zero by 2050.
We’d recommend that Landlords check their rental properties for those which are below an E rating and ensure that action is taken to avoid any penalties and compliance notices being issued by the Local Authority. Landlords do have options regarding assistance to help with improving their rating or claiming an exemption, if applicable. For more information please Click here.
Contact your local Hunters office
If you are unsure about the rating of your rental property, please get in touch with your local Hunters office to receive some guidance.