In April 2018, residential private properties will need to have a minimum energy performance certificate (EPC) rating of E or it will be illegal to rent them out to tenants. The change from April 2018 will only apply to new tenancies and renewals. For existing tenancies the regulations will not apply until April 2020.
Local authorities will be responsible for enforcing the regulations, whether Tamworth BC have the time or manpower to do this added task, I hardly think so! The local authorities will have the power to serve a notice and request that a landlord provides documentation to prove compliance. Landlords who do not comply with these new regulations could find themselves with a hefty £5,000 fine.
Properties where the EPC rating is an F or G are considered substandard and will either need improvements carried out or will have to cease to be rented out. With only 8 months away to legislation, landlords are reminded to look at implementing improvement works sooner rather than later.
- The landlord’s tenant withholds consent for the works.
- The landlord was required to obtain a third party’s permission to undertake improvements, and the permission was denied. Or the third party imposed unreasonable conditions.
- A qualified independent surveyor considers that the works will cause a capital devaluation of the property of more than 5%.
Exemption for listed buildings or buildings in a conservation area has not been made clear but it is hoped, when the Government publish specific guidance for landlords in October this year, it will confirm that listed building are exempt from the change.
As with all Government policies until they are actually published there is no saying what they have deferred and if further exemptions are to be applied. So landlords it is a waiting game but if you do decide to commence with improvements, it would probably be best not to commit lots of money and big improvements until all has been made clear.
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