Minimum EPC regulations and a Ban on letting any property rated “F” or “G”

This little gem was almost an afterthought news item a few weeks ago, but one that all landlords and potential buy to let investors need to be aware of.

From the 1st of April it will be illegal to let a property with an energy rating of “F” or “G”.   This comes into effect from April but also has ramifications for those properties which have been let over the last few months.   Why?   Well because the regulations state that not only any property let after the 1st of April is affected, but any tenancy which becomes a statutory periodic tenancy (so anything that has been let in the last 6 or 12 months or so that comes to the end of its fixed term).   This means that had a landlord who let a property in November 2017 with an “F” or “G” rating, they will be obligated to make improvements as the tenancy goes past the initial end date.    This also applies should you a landlord or agent issue a new or renewal of a tenancy agreement.

Government statistics show that 35% of all rented stock had a rating that was “E” or below so there’s no doubt they will looking to make examples of some landlords.

So What steps can you take to help make your property compliant.  Here’s a few tips:

·         Insulation – Simply adding between 120MM and 270mm of roof insulation to a loft can have a massive impact on your energy efficiency

·         Heating -   With more modern gas boilers they become more efficient.   Similarly, it may well be worth changing to a more modern boiler as replacing parts in older boilers can be financially inefficient

·         Electric heating -  Portable electric heaters are very inefficient and so more modern storage heaters will also help.   

·         Single glazing -   Similarly, installing double glazing to a property (assuming it’s not a listed building) can dramatically affect the energy efficient of a home.   On another note, remember to retain your Fensa certificate for when you come to sell

·         Low energy light bulbs -   Yes, this small measure can make a difference to the rating

Of course, to become compliant, you may only need to apply one or two of these measures to change the rating of your property.   However, it may well be worth making additional improvements now.

Lastly, remember to order a new EPC to show the work you’ve done.   It’ll avoid complications later.

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Paul McGuirk - 08/03/18
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