Landlords need to be aware of new regulations on energy efficiency
Mendip District Council is reminding landlords of the new legislation coming into effect from April 1, 2018 on Energy Performance Certificates (EPC)
EPCs summarise how energy efficient a building is and rate it from A to G with A being very efficient and G being inefficient. EPCs also act as a guide on how costly it will be to heat and light a building, and what its carbon dioxide emissions are likely to be.
The changes to the EPC system were announced back in 2015 and will come into effect from April 1, 2018. They introduce a new minimum energy efficiency standard of an E for private rented homes. The changes mean that landlords will be unable to issue a new tenancy to new or existing tenants for a rented property with an EPC rating of F or G, although they will be able to rent the property for the remainder of the existing contract.
Frances Hale, Senior Environmental Health Officer at Mendip District Council, said: "We want to remind landlords of the changes to the EPC regulations so that they can ensure that they are compliant with the new legislation.
"It is also important to remember that you must have an EPC for potential tenants before you market your property for rent. The EPC needs to be produced by an approved Domestic Energy Assessor."
All domestic and commercial buildings in the UK available to buy or rent must have an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC). If you own a home, getting an energy performance survey done could help you identify ways to save money on your energy bills and improve the comfort of your home.
For more information on EPCs, the requirements and the exemptions, visit the EPC pages at Directgov.