Rented Property and the EPC

Industry Insight May 14th, 2015
Rented Property and the EPC

Rented property will need to conform to new legislation in 2018  that will ensure certain levels of energy efficiency

 

  • From April 2016, a landlord of a rented property will not be able to unreasonably refuse consent to a tenant’s request for energy efficiency improvements where Green Deal finance or subsidies are available to pay for them.
  • From April 2018, a private rented property domestic and non-domestic will need to have reached at least an E EPC rating, before granting a tenancy to new or existing tenants.
  • These requirements will apply to all private rented properties – including occupied properties – from April 2020 in the domestic sector (and from April 2023 in the non-domestic sector).

Penalties

  • For non compliance a fine of £2,000 and publication of non-compliance
  • Providing Misleading Information a fine of £1,000 and publication of non-compliance
  • Renting out a non-compliant property for less than 3 months Fixed penalty of £2,000
  • Renting out a non-compliant property for more than 3 months Fixed penalty of £4,000

 

There are several ways of improving the energy efficiency of a rented property:

  1. Insulation – Landlords should look to increase loft insulation first, followed by insulating the water tank and pipes. Effective insulation could save the bill payer up to £190 a year according to the Energy Savings Trust.
  2. Floorboards – Uninsulated floorboards can cost up to £60 a year in lost heat, so landlords should certainly aim to insulate them. Insulation should be installed under suspended timber floorboards in older homes.
  3. Walls – A third of heat in an uninsulated home is lost through the walls. Landlords should insulate walls, whether they’re solid or cavity, to cut the cost of heating bills.
  4. Windows – Landlords should install A-rated double glazed windows, which can save £90-120 a year on heating bills compared with a single glazed property.
  5. Boiler – Landlords should look to install A-rated boilers into their properties, as replacing a G-rated boiler could save the bill payer up to £305 a year.

 

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