There is new legislation from the government who have announced that new EPC regulations to change the Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards to a minimum EPC rating Of “ C “ will take effect in 2025.
These changes will affect all domestic rented properties in England and Wales.
Currently, the minimum energy efficiency standards (MEES) allowed for rented properties to be let out are a minimum of an E rating on their Energy Performance Certificate (EPC).
Any property that is rated F & G are currently illegal to be rented out and many landlords have been fined for continuing to rent them out.
New Tenancies 2025 – EPC Must Be C
From 2025, all newly rented properties on the market will need to have a certification rating of C or above to comply with this new directive.
Existing Tenancies – 2028
All existing tenancies are being given a grace period until 2028 to comply.
Penalties For Non Compliance
Landlords who choose not to comply, will face penalties of up to £5000.
Why The Change?
The changes are to ensure rented properties are improved by landlords to ensure a decent standard of living for all private tenants .
Rented properties have been notorious in the past for high bills and fuel poverty as well as a poor standard of living. Many rented properties are inadequately Insulated, have single panel glazing and heating is antiquated.
These new regs will force home improvements on landlords or they will be fined.
This scheme will also assist the government’s net-carbon zero targets for the future.
What is an EPC rating?
EPC ratings for domestic properties were introduced in 2007 in both England and Wales.
All properties were surveyed by domestic Energy Assessors and given a certificate detailing how efficient the property was found to be.
Every house was given a score of between A – G , with A being most efficient and G being least efficient.
Each certificate lasted for 10 years
A low EPC rating means lower energy bills and will reduce your carbon footprint.
Also A low rated house will be more attractive to buyers when you put the house on the market.
How will The New Regs Affect landlords?
Having to move from a minimum E rating to a C could potentially cost landlords thousands of pounds.
Landlords will be expected to pay for either insulating their properties to retain heat or use other ‘fabric first’ features that can help to improve heating and lighting.
How Can landlords improve their EPC rating?
The below list will help you to improve your property.
You should aim to utilise as many as possible.
- Change existing lighting to LED light bulbs – Cost £2 per bulb
- Insulate cavity walls – Up To £1000
- Insulate The Loft – DIY £200 – Private Up to £1000
4 Improve windows with double or triple glazing – Up to £3000
5 Install an energy-efficient boiler – £1600- £2500
6. Use a smart meter – Free From your energy supplier.
7 Renewable Energy – Solar panels and ground-source heat pumps –From £7000 – £15000
Are There Any Grants Available To Landlords Fund The New EPC Regulations
The good news for landlords is that if they have a tenant in residence that receives a UK benefit, They will be able to apply for one or more government grants to improve their property.
Most grants are 100 % free too !
If you have multiple properties, you can apply for all of them too if of course your tenant is eligible.
What Grants Can Landlords Apply For ?
Free Loft Insulation
Free Cavity Wall Insulation
Free Replacement Storage Heaters
Free First Time Central Heating
Free Internal Wall Insulation – Electric Heated Properties Only
Free Attic Room Insulation – Electric Heated Properties Only
Grants Not Available To Landlords
Air / Ground Source Heat Pumps
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