12th April 2018
EPC Ratings The New Law April 2018
From the 1st April 2018 landlords will be unable to grant a new tenancy if their property’s Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) does not show at least a rating of 'E' for energy efficiency. We strongly suggest you take a look at your property's rating to ensure it complies with the new law. Check the online EPC register of your property, or to find a person to undertake an Energy Performance Certificate or to check that an individual is accredited.
EPCs have been a legal requirement for all rented properties since 2008. Each certificate last for 10 years and rates a property’s energy efficiency between A and G, with A being the highest rating possible. They show how efficiently a home uses energy, the cost of running a home and recommendations on how to improve the overall energy efficiency.
What happens if your property has an 'F' or 'G' rating? - A standard which is below the new minimum 'E' Standard.
The law states you are unable to grant a new tenancy until a new EPC is produced demonstrating the property is sufficiently energy efficient. The current tenancy can continue until its end, but it cannot be renewed for a new fixed-term or periodically until the property is compliant.
The penalties for not having an EPC with at least an 'E' rating mean that you will not be able to serve a valid Section 21 Notice (which is required in order to legally terminate a tenancy) and you may have to pay a fine of up to £4,000.
If as a result of viewing you EPC rating you have had some works undertaken, or have had some general property improvements that you feel may have had an affect on your EPC rating, contact the Adore office - our team will be able to advise whether a new EPC certificate would be benificial to you.
Remember EPC certificates last for 10 years. As this requirement began in October 2008 many certificates are coming up for renewal- So be aware!
What would make my property energy inefficient?
Typically, properties with a low rating have one or more of the following characteristics;
No central heating or a central heating system with a very inefficient boiler.
An uninsulated hot water cylinder.
Solid walls, uninsulated cavity walls or walls of a non-traditional construction type.
Less than 100mm of loft insulation.
Single glazed windows.
No low energy light bulbs or draught proofing.