EPC Regulations are changing in the UK. We want to make sure you know everything you need to know about these changes and how they may affect you.
From 1st April 2020 the minimum energy efficiency standards apply to all existing tenancies not just new ones or renewals. If your property doesn’t have a valid EPC rating of ‘E’ or above by this date, it cannot be legally let.
So, what are the NEW regulations?
The Government have proposed that all rental properties will need an EPC rating of ‘C’ or above by 2025, these new regulations will be introduced for new tenants first, followed by all tenancies by 2028.
These EPC regulation changes will make homes more energy-efficient and reduce carbon emissions which will be a huge effort to reach the government target to be net-zero by 2050. The penalty charge for not having a valid EPC will also increase massively from £5,000 to £30,000 from 2025.
An energy performance certificate will determine how energy efficient your building is and what possible level of efficiency is achievable if improvements are made. This rating will be determined by your domestic energy assessor.
What will the assessor look at?
· Roofs, walls and insulations
· Boilers & heating systems
· Renewable energy devices (solar panels or wind turbines)
· The building measures
· The year the property was built
Landlords and letting agents must ensure to give tenants at least 24 hours written notice before any property visits. The tenant must give their consent for any property visits unless its an emergency such as a fire or flood.
How long is the EPC valid?
The EPC is valid for 10 years, you do not need to get a new one once it runs out, unless entering a new tenancy with new tenants or selling the property.
The EPC will also come with a recommendation report containing advice and improvements that will help to make your property more energy efficient.
Suggestions may include:
· Draught-proofing windows and doors
· Installing cavity wall and loft insultation
· Insulating pipes and tanks
· Installing a condensing boiler
· Reducing water usage
· Considering renewable energy technology such as a wood fuelled heater, solar panels or wind turbines.
· Installing low-energy usage light bulbs
If you have any questions or need advice on EPC ratings, feel free to pop in to one of our branches or give our team a call today and they will be happy to help you.