Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) – what are the regulations?

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The regulations regarding Energy Performance Certificates are changing almost on a yearly basis. The current legislation states that a property with a rating of F or G cannot be let out. This has been the case from the 1st of April 2018. You have to show that you have done as much as possible for the tenant to improve the rating beyond the F and G it currently has. Most of the Energy Performance Certificates are now starting to run out as they only last for a 10-year period. You will find over the last 10 years the ratings have changed dramatically. It may be that you will not need to carry out any work as a landlord within that time period. The Government has had the tendency to change what is expected of energy performance standards.

Can I let my property having an F energy rating?

 No, to let out a property it must have an energy rating of at least an E. There can be large fines for enforcement which range between £2,000 to a possible maximum fine of £150,000.00.

Are the rules changing again in future?

 Yes, the rules will change in future in 2023 and beyond.

Did you know that you have to serve it on your tenants and have it acknowledged to serve a Section 21 Notice?  Please see our previous article on the deregulation bill. It is important that the EPC is served on your tenant at the beginning of the term. If it changes during the term then you also have to have it served again. The serving of the document is not the only thing. You also have to have it acknowledged by the tenant to say that they have received it. This is critical.

Summary

It is so important that landlords understand what their legal requirements are. The Government are changing the goal posts almost by the day. They have implemented over 125 new laws within the last five years and a lot of the announcements go under the radar. We always ensure that we are fully updated with any Government announcements and have regular meetings with our solicitors every other month. If you are not sure whether you are complying with the legislation then don’t hesitate to contact our Administration Team on (01273) 749169.

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