Under new regulations coming in to force from 1st April 2018 landlords in the private sector will be banned from renting out any properties which have poor energy ratings.
Landlords will be forced to upgrade the energy efficiency of their poorly performing properties – any homes that have a current energy efficiency rating of F or G (see the Energy Performance Certificate) will have to upgrade them to a minimum rating of E. This is expected to affect hundreds of thousands of properties in England & Wales (almost 10% of the privately rented housing stock).
The caveat is that any properties with an existing tenancy running prior to 1st April 2018, with an F or G rating, will not have to upgrade the energy efficiency until such time as the property is re-let OR a tenancy renewed to the existing tenants.
In addition from 1st April 2016 (yes next year) tenants living in F or G rated properties will be able to request energy efficient improvements are carried out by the landlord – the landlord will then be legally liable to bring the energy efficiency rating of the property up to a minimum rating of E.
For information on the future, if N J Lewis & Associates have previously carried out the EPC on a property we can easily access the data and check what improvements can be made to get the grading up to E rating or better, so you can advise the landlord what he needs to do BEFORE doing the new EPC.
Written by Adam Robinson