The UK Government are forever striving to ensure that the energy efficiency of homes is maximised. It is just a year since rules were put in place for all privately rented tenancies, stating that they must meet EPC (Energy Performance Certificate) Band E guidelines. This is set to change to Band C from 1st April 2025 for all new tenancies, and all tenancies from 1st April 2028.

What Is An Energy Performance Certificate?

EPCs are required whenever a property is built, sold, or rented. The certificate contains information about the property’s energy use and energy costs, it will also provide recommendations on how to reduce energy costs.

The EPC will give each property a rating from A-G, A being the most efficient and G being the least.

How To Get An EPC

If you live in England, Wales, Northern Ireland or Scotland, you will need an accredited assessor to review your property before selling or renting out your home. Once the assessor has done this, you will be provided with your certificate.

Green Homes Grant Vouchers

n order to aid property owners with meeting the new requirements, the government introduced a green home grant voucher scheme. The scheme began in September 2020 and ended in March 2021. It allowed homeowners and landlords to apply for vouchers funding at least two-thirds of the cost of tradespeople for carrying out work to make their home more energy-efficient. A maximum of £5,000 could be claimed.

Not only would this scheme dramatically reduce the country’s contribution to climate change but also provide an economic boost too.

The Changes

The changes to the guidelines will provide benefits to both tenants and landlords as well as the environment. These include:

  • New duties for landlords – Installation of fabric first measures e.g. insulation and support in the uptake of smart meters.
  • Power for tenants – The tenants will be provided with the power to request improvements in relation to the energy efficiency of the property and raise any concerns.
  • Penalties – The fine for homes in breach of the regulations will be increased to £30,000.
  • Ensuring compliance – Compliance will be ensured through the introduction of a new database. Benchmarking and inspections will also be introduced to ensure properties meet requirements.
  • Letting agent requirements – Landlords will be required to provide an EPC before their property can be advertised, and estate agents are only able to advertise properties that are compliant with the rules.

What To Do If Your Rental Property Has An EPC Lower Than An E Rating?

You will need to make efficiency improvements before you are able to let out your property. Your EPC report should contain a list of recommended measures that will improve your rating. You should speak to your assessor if you are at all unsure of which improvements should be prioritised in order to meet the requirements.

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If you have any questions about any of the information provided in this blog, the expert team here at Hancock & Partners is on hand to help. You can get in touch here today.