Changes to Energy Performance Certificates are coming – and both landlords and tenants alike need to know now that energy inefficient homes could be subject to fines from April 2018.
The new laws will make it illegal for properties currently in the lowest energy efficiency categories of F and G to be rented out to tenants. The penalty for non-compliance will be a fine of up to £4000, so landlords need to take steps now to avoid charges.
This is all part of a set of new regulations that the Government began to roll out last year. Since 1st April 2016, tenants have had the legal right to ask for permission to make energy-related improvements to properties. As part of the law, landlords are obliged to agree, if the tenant agrees to fund the work – even if this means making changes to the fabric of the property.
The more significant changes come into force in 2018 – as of 1st April next year, rental properties will be required to carry a minimum ‘E’ rating for energy efficiency in order for tenancies to commence or be renewed.
The changes do not stop there, either – from April 2020, all rental properties will have to comply with the new law, regardless of whether or not the tenancy began before the rules were changed.
Landlords shouldn’t panic, however, because even if their properties perform poorly on an EPC (Energy Performance Certificate) test, there are some easy and fairly cheap ways to improve energy efficiency in the home:
Not only will these changes benefit tenants, who can enjoy warmer, more environmentally friendly homes; they will also be a long-term plus for landlords because energy bills will be reduced (this is a positive for tenants who pay their own utility bills and for landlords who pay for energy through building management fees/during void periods).
So, don’t delay – check your property’s EPC rating today and take steps now to avoid unnecessary fines in future.
Are you looking for someone to run an EPC test for you or to make some energy-related property improvements? The Julie Twist Properties maintenance team is on hand to arrange appointments and complete the jobs needed to help you to comply with the new laws.
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