Does your property meet energy performance standards?
Did you know that as of 1st April 2018 it is the landlord’s responsibility to ensure that the energy performance standards within their privately rented property are met? This means that all landlords will be expected to carry out the energy efficiency improvements needed to ensure their property reaches a minimum rating of E, in line with the legally required energy performance certificate (EPC).
What is an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC)?
An EPC informs the landlord and their tenant of how energy efficient their property is, letting them know how costly it will be to keep the house warm and lit up. The EPC will also tell them how they can achieve a better rating by making improvements to the property. The more energy efficiency improvements the landlord makes, the better the ERP and the lower the bills are for their tenant.
What if the property doesn’t reach the legal requirement?
If the property falls below an E rating, the landlord will need to improve efficiencies and arrange for retesting before they can let the property.
How can the EPC Ratings be improved?
- Consider your boiler – A newer energy efficient boiler can save you money on your electricity bills and assist in raising your EPC Rating.
- Check your hot water cylinder – New foam insulated cylinders with cylinder thermostats can decrease your bills and increase your rating.
- Improve insulation – Loft and cavity wall insulation can boost your ratings. Loft insulation of 270mm thick is recommended.
- Low energy lightbulbs – a switch to energy efficient light bulbs from standard ones could potentially save you around £70 per bulb according to British Gas.
- Secondary heat source – wood burning stoves can be appealing to a tenant aesthetically and can have significant impact in improving your efficiency score. Utilising this cheap energy with a multi-fuel thermal store can stand to decrease your energy bills further and push up that rating.
- Double glazing – this has a large impact on the energy rating of a property. Where the glazing is old, you may need to consider upgrading to newer windows.
What tenancy agreements does the New EPC apply to?
This new requirement applies to all new tenancy agreements, meaning those who have just entered the rental market, and properties that have started a new tenancy lease. For tenants that started their contract before 1st April 2018, this currently does not apply. However, in April 2020, all existing tenancies will need to be rated E. The changes in 2018 are the stepping stone for the requirement to be implemented across all rented properties, improving efficiencies nationwide.
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