Private Rented Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards
As 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 on an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC).
The regulations will come into force for new lets and
renewals of tenancies from 1st April 2018, and for all existing tenancies on
1st April 2020. It will be unlawful to rent a property which breaches the MEES
requirement for a minimum E rating.
For most landlords this will mean that they will no longer
be able to rent out a property with a rating of F or G after April 1st, 2018. Landlords should also be aware that under the
Housing Act (2004), Local Authorities may respond to complaints from private
tenants. The Local Authority must act where a Category 1 Hazard (including
Excess Cold and/or Damp and Mould) exists and has discretionary powers to act
where there is a Category 2 hazard in a privately rented property. Failure to
bring the property up to a minimum energy rating of E may result in the Local
Authority taking enforcement action.
We encourage Landlords to prepare for the new standards
before April by improving the energy efficiency of their properties. Many properties will be entitled to free or
discounted insulation, with some homes and tenants being eligible for heating
grants to assist you in meeting these standards. To view our latest grant funding rates click here.
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