11 May

Landlords reminded about energy rating changes

Landlords reminded about energy rating changes

Landlords are being reminded about their obligations under new energy rating requirements.

From April next year, landlords agreeing new tenancies on properties in England and Wales will need to meet a minimum energy rating of E on an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC). Existing tenancies will be covered by the new legislation by April 2020.

Those who do not arrange for their properties to meet the minimum energy rating will face fines of up to £4,000.

Landlords are being encourage to make changes now rather than leave until the new legislation comes into force.

 “I have serious concerns that many landlords may be completely unaware that their properties could fall below the new minimum legal requirements for energy efficiency standards in England and Wales,” said Danielle Hughes, a solicitor at law firm Kirwans.

“Planning now will also have the obvious benefits of spreading the cost and making sure that the relevant third party contractors are available to undertake any necessary work. before scheduling a visit from a domestic energy assessor, landlords should spend some time looking at the different methods of improving their property’s energy efficiency rating and chose which is right for them,” she added.ADNFCR-1222-ID-801835707-ADNFCR

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