Landlords! Are you Ready?

The clock’s ticking!  MEES (Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards) are now law!

According to government data 25% of properties in England and Wales have an EPC (Energy Performance Certificate) rating of E or lower.

From 1st April 2018 it will be prohibited to start a new tenancy with an EPC rating of F or G (renewing an existing tenancy will be fine).

Failing to comply with a compliance notice could result in a £5,000 fine!

Check your EPC!  If it falls into an ‘F’ or ‘G’ banding, make plans to have some of the improvement work done.

There are some exemptions

If all, energy efficiency improvements have been carried out.

If Green Deal or alternative government schemes are not cost effective

If third-party consents from tenants, planning authority etc are not available

As mentioned, this will apply for new tenancies starting from 1st April 2018, but there is a ‘back stop’ date of April 2023 where this requirement can be applied to all rental properties that fall into EPC regulations.

What is an EPC (Energy Performance Certificate)?

An EPC is effectively an energy efficiency and environmental impact assessment for a property. The property is assessed by a Domestic Energy Assessor and is given a current rating from ‘A’ (very good) to ‘G’ (very poor). It is also given a potential rating, which is an indication of the impact that suggested improvements could make.

EPCs are valid for 10 years, so once you have an EPC you don’t need to worry about renewing on an annual basis. However, there are some circumstances where it may be beneficial to do so for example, if you were to significantly improve the energy efficiency of your property. Also, as EPCs have been around in some cases since 2006, you should double check the date of your EPC as you may need to commission a new one the next time your property is advertised.

Do I Need an EPC (Energy Performance Certificate?)

EPCs are required when a property is put on to the market and should be made available to any applicants who are interested in viewing the property or to anyone who requests to see the EPC. The legislation requires an EPC to be available 7 days after the property is advertised, with a maximum of 28 days given to obtain one. If an EPC is not available after 7 days, you should be able to produce evidence that one has been ordered. Failure to produce an EPC can result in a fine of £200. If you do not have one 28 days after marketing commenced, the property should be withdrawn until the EPC is available.

Think you may need an EPC or want to know your properties current rating, go to our contact page, just type in your address and postcode, we’ll do the check for you. No charge!

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