Landlords…does your rental property have an EPC rating of E or less? If yes, you should take action now!
Following the introduction of the Energy Efficiency (Private Rented Property) (England and Wales) Regulations 2015, from 1 April 2018 landlords have had to ensure that their rental properties have an EPC rating of E or above before granting a new tenancy or renewing an existing tenancy.
As of 1 April 2020 these regulations will also apply to existing tenancies, so any property that has an energy performance certificate (EPC) rating of F or G – the lowest ratings – will be considered 'unrentable' according to new legislation.
A landlord of an F- or G-rated property is required to make energy efficiency improvements to reach an EPC E by using either:
- Self-funding capped at £3,500 inc VAT
- Third-party funding – uncapped (find out more from the Simple Energy Advice website)
- Or a combination of both
There may however, be circumstances where new tenancies are exempt from meeting these regulations.
Utility bills are one of the biggest household expenditures, but there are ways that you can reduce how much you spend on bills, be more energy efficient and make your home warmer. For more information on how to improve the energy efficiency of your home and save money on your utility bills visit the Energy Saving Trust and Shelter websites (linked from this page). Remember though that you shouldn't make any major or permanent changes to your property without first speaking to your landlord and gaining their permission.
Thermal map highlighting heat loss from homes and businesses
Check the heat loss performance of your own property, and even compare this with similar properties nearby, using our thermal map. Households highlighted as having excessive heat loss – shown as yellow in the map window – can then access further advice and guidance using the Shelter and Energy Saving Trust links on this page.