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When a domestic landlord rents a property they should ensure that the property has a valid Energy Performance Certificate (EPC). This gives an energy performance rating of a property and gives recommendations in how to make a property more energy efficient. This gives a rating between A and G (A being the best rating).
As from 1st April 2018, pursuant to the Energy Efficiency (Private Rented Property) (England and Wales) Regulations 2015, there will be a requirement for any properties rented out in the private rented sector to normally have a minimum rating of E. This will apply to new lettings and renewals of tenancies with effect from 1st April 2018.
Unless the property falls into a certain exemption, it will be unlawful for a landlord to rent a property which has a rating of F or G and landlords can face a penalty and/or a publication penalty.
If landlords have a property without an EPC or have an EPC with a rating of F or G, they shouldprepare for April 2018, whether by obtaining an EPC or taking steps to bring the energy performance up to at least an E rating.Or alternatively, look to see if their property is exempt and how to go about applying for an exemption.
This is going to impact on landlords because it may be that some properties will not qualify for an exemption and cannot be brought up to at least an F rating. This is another hurdle that landlords are going to be faced with on top of the numerous changes over the years.
If you require any advice on this issue or any other landlord and tenant issues, contact Katie Whitehead, Solicitor in the Property Litigation Team on 01484 821572 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.