From 1st January 2016 there will be some important changes to the EPC (Energy Performance Certificate) Regulations.

This will affect all tenanted properties.

What will landlords and agents need to do in order to comply with the legal obligations under the Energy Act of 2011 and changes to The Energy Performance Of Buildings (Certificates And Inspections) (England And Wales) Regulations 2007 (The EPB Regulations) ?

We strongly recommend that you check all the details of your current EPC

1.  EPC assessment must be carried out on any property that we are going to offer for letting, this must be commissioned before we begin to market the property.

2. Show to every prospective tenant the EPC of all marketed property at the viewing to enable them to assess the cost of fuel should they decide to take the property.

3. Give a copy of the EPC to each tenant at the start of the tenancy so that they have a permanent record to keep along with their tenancy documents.

4. By 31st December 2016 you must be prepared to carry out any outstanding recommended measures on the EPC if the tenant requested, this will be a legal requirement from 1st January 2017.

5. By the 1st January 2018 it will be illegal to offer a property to let unless we have raised the EPC rating to E or above, where this is possible the Landlord will need to demonstrate the reasons.

6.  It is recognised that there are some properties that will not reach an E rating and the Energy Assessor will note this on the EPC and a note of the highest possible rating will also appear.

As long as we comply with all the recommendations on the EPC it will be legal to let properties that cannot be brought up to the minimum standard. The new rating will be noted on the revised EPC and a potential tenant will therefore be aware that the property may be expensive to heat – this may have an impact on a landlord’s ability to let the property as more tenants become sensitive to fuel costs.

7.  At the moment there are many free and low cost measures being offered to landlords and tenants, including insulation for single brick buildings, and you should explore what is available to you before they are withdrawn when the Government scheme “Green Deal” will replace them.

8. From 1st January 2017 the period within which an EPC is to be secured using ‘reasonable efforts’ will be 28 days.

Please do not hesitate to contact us for more information