The enhanced energy efficiency regulations come into force on 1 April 2020. Yet, many residential and commercial landlords continue to be unaware of this as the Coronavirus (COVID-19) dominates the news. This could result in landlords being unprepared and susceptible to fines ranging from £500.00 to £5,000.00 depending on the use of the property.
Under the current regulations, landlords must make an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) available in a wide range of circumstances, including, when the property is developed, sold or a new tenancy is granted. The EPC provided will be effective for a total of 10 years. However, if properties are not sold within this period or the term granted under the lease is greater than 10 years, there is no requirement for landlords to provide an updated EPC once it has expired, until now.
With effect from 1 April 2020, landlords must ensure that a valid EPC is available at all times irrespective of when the lease was granted. It is expected that this will effect approximately 285,000 landlords in England and Wales. If an EPC is not made available, Trading Standards Officers will have the power to issue fines of £500.00 in respect of residential properties and up to a maximum of £5,000.00 for commercial premises.
Properties will continue to be rated on a scale of A-G and residential properties must have a minimum rating of ‘E’ or apply to be exempt on the Private Rented Sector Exemption Register.
If you are a landlord and believe that the above change will affect you, please do not hesitate to contact Rachel List on 01642 636515 or email Rachel.firstname.lastname@example.org for more advice. Archers Law works closely with surveyors who will be able to assist with preparing an EPC to comply with the new regulations.
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