From 1st April you can't let your property if its EPC band is F or G, unless it's listed.
Currently all properties offered to the letting market, with the exception of listed properties, must have an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) which is valid for 10 years. This document tells you how your property performs based on factors such as wall, floor and roof insulation and boiler efficiency. The property is then graded on an A-G scale.
From 1st April 2018 the law is changing and let properties must meet an “E” rating or above – this will be known as the “Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards”. If your property is listed, initially you will be exempt. This is the first alteration in an increasingly strict scale of minimum requirements being rolled out for the letting market over the next 10 years.
Penalties for landlords for non-compliance are severe and range from £1,000 to £4,000 per property.
There are exceptions and many ways in which unlawful letting can be avoided, as well as guidance and measures in place to make sure you can confidently continue to let your property without concern.
We are a fully registered ARLA Propertymark Protected letting agent and have completed the latest training with regards to energy efficiency, compliance, exemptions and remedies.
If you would like to speak to our letting team regarding this or indeed about any aspect of letting your property please contact us on 01608 653606 or email@example.com.