Since April 2018 it has been unlawful to grant a tenancy to new or existing tenants for a residential or commercial property with an EPC rating of an F or G unless an exemption has been granted, and for residential property, since April 2020 the rules applied to all new and exisiting tenancies. This has meant that only properties achieving an EPC rating of an A to E are legally allowed to be let out.
Landlords have been required to improve the property’s rating to an E by spending upto £3,500 (if self or partly self funding the improvements) to make energy efficiency improvements which will bring the property up to an “E” rating, or register an exemption, before they enter into a new tenancy.
The best place to start to look at what energy efficiency improvements should be undertaken is in the EPC report. The EPC will list recommendations which should improve the energy efficiency of your property. It will include both a short list of top actions you can take, and a more detailed list further down setting out all recommended measures. If after implementing all the recommended improvements the property’s EPC rating is still not at the required E rating, you may apply for an exemption on the grounds that ‘all relevant improvements have been made and the property remains below an E’.
For guidance on domestic properties you can visit the gov.uk website at the following link: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/domestic-private-rented-property-minimum-energy-efficiency-standard-landlord-guidance
For guidance on non-domestic properties you can visit the gov.uk website at the following link:
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