As the 1st of April 2018 approaches many landlords may not be aware of a new legal requirement relating to Energy Performance Certificates (EPC).

These regulations will apply to new lets 1st April 2018 and also existing tenancies from 1st April 2020.

Under the new legislation it becomes illegal to rent a property which breaches the requirements for a minimum E rating, unless there is an applicable exemption. This means that if your property has an EPC rating of F or G, you will be unable to rent it out. Landlords can face civil penalties of up to £4000 for breaches.

‘Did you know’ – In separate legislation effective from 1st April 2016 a tenant can apply for consent to carry out energy efficiency improvements in a privately rented property.

Flats are subject to the regulations.

Self contained flats (each one) do require an EPC at point of sale or letting.

Non self contained units such as bedsits do not require an individual EPC.

Implementation

From the 1st April 2017 the regulations will apply to:

  • A new tenancy to a new tenant, or
  • A new tenancy to an existing tenant (extension or renewal). This will also include any statutory periodic tenancy which comes into existence at the end of any fixed term short-hold.
  • From 1st April 2020 the regulations will apply to all privately rented properties subject to the scope of these regulations.

Full details can be found here.