Energy Performance Certificates
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 with effect from 1st April 2018 and for all existing tenancies on 1st April 2020. A civil penalty of up to £4,000 will be imposed for breaches.
- Both commercial EPCs and residential EPCs within the private rented sector are affected.
- The new EPC regulations will require all eligible properties to be ‘improved’ to the minimum standard of an E rating.
- You will need to complete a new EPC to show it is now above an E rating.
- A rating of F or G could potentially cause problems when trying to let a house/flat or renew a commercial lease.
- Government figures suggest a significant proportion of UK building stock will be affected.
Become compliant by April 2018
If any Landlord needs to sell/rent from April 2018 then it is advisable to find out if that property has a current EPC and to see what the rating is. If it falls below an E rating then you will need to take actions to implement energy efficient measures.
At Brownlow we can help you to improve your rating and complete the certificate for you. Contact Bradley if you would like to know more on the EPC rules or to arrange a site survey. Don’t forget, we are award-winning energy management specialists who can support your business with any energy or utility issue – including the development of a comprehensive energy management policy that can drive your business’s energy efficiency agenda. Trust us to help you.