Last month there were some important changes that were made to the minimum Energy Performance Certificates (EPC) rating requirements for rental properties in the UK.
All new lets have to be now at least an E with an EPC of less than 10 years old.
How to improve your property energy rating above an E?
Make sure any cavity walls are filled with insulation materials, such as foam or beads.
Replace an old boiler for a newer, more efficient model.
Ensure the loft insulation is at least 270mm deep to keep heat inside the property.
What will happen if the energy rating is below E?
Your local authority will be responsible for ensuring that your property has a minimum energy rating of E. If they discover that your property performs below this standard, they may issue a fine up to £5,000 and stop you from renting the property.
It’s also important to note that from April 2020, landlords will not be allowed to rent their property at all if the energy rating is F or G, even if there are tenants inside the property and in their contract.
For all letting advice call Normie & Company – our job is to maximise our landlords’ investments with the happiest tenants.