Since October 2008 it has been law to have an EPC for a property that you are letting out, and that EPC will have lasted 10 years.
From the 1st of April 2016 new laws and standards have come into force which means landlords are now subject to further regulation regarding energy efficiency.
These are called the MEES (Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards)
Tenants now have the right to request that a landlord make improvements to a property, and if this can be delivered at no upfront cost, this request cannot unreasonably be refused.
From April 2018, and coinciding with the 10 year EPC renewal, a landlord cannot grant a new tenancy to an existing tenant or a new tenant for a property with an Energy Performance Certificate rating below an E grade.
This means that all properties rated F and G will no longer be able to be let out by a landlord.
As we understand the fine for non-compliance of these rules will be £500 per property.
We believe that now is the right time to have a New Energy Performance Certificate to review the performance of your property, and assess what can be done to ensure you do not miss these guidelines. EPCs only last 10 years and thousands across the country will be due their renewal in the next 24 months.
We can advise you further on these changes, and the implications for you as a landlord.
We can offer discounts for bulk orders, and bringing your property portfolios up to date before 2018.
Give us a call on 01245 344 534 for more details, and helpful advice