From the 1st April 2016, all domestic tenants have the right to request energy efficiency improvements to their properties. This new regulation applies to domestic properties let under longer term assured and regulated tenancies. Your tenant is likely to be eligible to request energy efficiency improvements if he or she: � Pays Rent to you � Has control over their home � Does not live in the same building as you � Moved into the property between 15 January 1989 and 27 February 1997 with no notice given, that they have an assured shorthold tenancy.
From April 2018 changes to legislation will make it unlawful to let residential properties with an Energy Performance Certificate with a rating of below an E. In an attempt to ensure that all tenants enjoy a right to living in an energy efficient home, a new Minimum Energy Efficiency Standard will be phased in over the next five years. Phase one – from 1st April 2018, private rental properties must achieve an energy efficiency rating of at least E on their Energy Performance Certificate (EPC). The regulations will initially only apply upon the granting of a new tenancy to: � A new tenant � An existing tenant Phase two – from 1st April 2020, the regulations will apply to ALL privately rented property which are required to have an EPC. What does this mean for Landlords? An EPC is already required to let or market a property legally, but the new laws around Minimum Efficiency Standards mean that an EPC of rating F and G is not sufficient for compliance. If your property does not meet the minimum standard, you cannot let or market that property within the law and rent reviews could also be affected. Penalties for non compliance Financial penalties for non compliance is �5000 in the domestic sector.
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Key dates below underline when the regulations will be enforced, with the regulation scope expanding over a 5 year period. 1 April 2016 ALL domestic tenants have the right to request energy efficiency improvements to their properties. This applies to domestic properties let under longer term assured and regulated tenancies. Landlords will be unable to refuse consent to a tenants request to make energy efficiency improvements. 1 April 2018 it will be unlawful to grant new leases of residential or commercial property with an EPC rating below an ‘E’ 1 April 2020 The regulation will expand to apply to ALL residential privately rented property which is required to have an EPC. 1 April 2023 this will be extended to include ALL existing commercial leases.