Have Your Say: Landlords’ views needed for energy efficiency regulations.

Have Your Say: Landlords’ views needed for energy efficiency regulations.

New energy efficiency laws are coming into effect over the next few years that will affect private landlords and their ability to let their properties. The Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy is looking for your views to ensure one key aspect, the exemptions register, is designed with landlords’ needs in mind.

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From April 2018, private rental properties in England and Wales must achieve an energy efficiency rating of at least E on their Energy Performance Certificate (EPC).

An EPC is already required for a property when it is offered for rent.  The minimum standard will initially only apply upon the granting of a new tenancy to a new or existing tenant (which includes a fixed-term AST rolling over to a statutory periodic).

Then from 2020 the standard will apply to all privately rented properties which are required to have an EPC, unless a valid exemption applies.

Exemptions from the minium standard include:

  • the work needed to bring the property up to an EPC E rating would result in a greater than 5% reduction in the value of the property, or would negatively impact the structure of the property; or
  • third-party consent for the work (such as freeholder or planning consent) cannot be obtained.

Where an exemption applies, the landlord will be required to register that exemption on the PRS Exemptions Register – a new digital service which is now being developed. The register will enable landlords to register exempt properties, upload data such as EPCs and survey reports, and submit evidence of compliance. Members of the public will also be able to use the register to search for properties which are exempt from these new EPC requirements.

If a landlord fails to register an exemption, and goes on to let out a sub-standard property in breach of the regulations they could face a fine of up to £4000.

The Exemptions Register is currently being developed by Northgate Public Services. To help them ensure that the register is designed with landlords’ needs in mind we would be grateful if you could take the time to complete the following short survey:

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2 thoughts on “Have Your Say: Landlords’ views needed for energy efficiency regulations.

  1. Properties with long-standing registered tenants were on the original exemption list. If the tenant didn’t want work done on the property, they could refuse. My tenant has refused in the past. I would upgrade the property, but, due to the age/style of the property, it would be quite disruptive as it would involve major work. It is also unclear in this case what would happen to a registered rent as creating and improving an EPC rating would definitely create a property with a significantly higher rental value. Any ideas about this situation?

  2. Not an answer to your problem but, perhaps, further amunition to all and sundry on the implications of the proposed changes by the Government. As is well understood, the major cities of the uk enjoyed widespread and exfensive development during the late Victorian period and then, again, during the 1930’s. Almost all of those properties have solid outer walls. Like myself, most Landlords own such property and will have upgraded heating, roof insulation, windows to double glazed units etc., yet still may fall short of the required, future EPC rating. The only measure left is internal insulation of the outer walls. How is this achieved? – by timber laths, insulation (either Kingspan or mineral wool) and plaster board. The recent flats fire tragedy in London demonstrates that such methods using flammable insulation materials merely increases the hazard from fire and smoke and could well be viewed as a negligent and backward step in such property! Surely it’s time the Government dept. took stock of the implications of their proposals.
    We live in a time of housing shortage. If the private landlord pulls out, where does the accommodation for the many who cannot afford to buy come from.? We need incentives not the opposite.

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