What Landlords need to know about the upcoming changes to energy ratings
Currently, every building is assessed on a scale from A (most efficient) to G (least efficient). An Energy Performance Certificate also recommends improvements that could upgrade this rating, such as installing wall insulation, replacing the boiler with a more efficient model, or installing double-glazed windows.
New homes are rated between A and C and older homes between E and G.
The average Energy Performance Certificate rating in the UK is D.
However, from the 1st April 2018 there will be a requirement for any properties rented out in the private rented sector to have a minimum energy performance rating of E. The regulations will come into force for new lets and renewals of tenancies with effect from 1st April 2018 and for all existing tenancies on 1st April 2020. It will be unlawful to rent a property which breaches the requirement for a minimum E rating, unless there is an applicable exemption.
A civil penalty of up to £4,000 will be imposed for breaches.
As many as one in six properties could currently fail to meet these standards, something that their owners may not realise. However, many properties could be brought up to standard with “a couple of tweaks”, though others may require more substantial work. To ensure you’re compliant when the time comes, we would recommend making a thorough assessment of all your properties and creating a plan of action for the coming months to ensure your property complies.
Are you unsure as to what your property rating is?
Find out here: www.epcregister.com
The diagram below sets out the steps that a Landlord will need to consider in order to comply with their responsibilities under the regulations.
Energy Rating Compliance Flow Chart
If you have any questions about the new energy rating changes coming into force in April 2018 – please contact The Norfolk Agents to find out how we can help.