LANDLORD & TENANT UPDATE – NEW ENERGY PERFORMANCE CERTIFICATE RULES

LANDLORD & TENANT UPDATE – NEW ENERGY PERFORMANCE CERTIFICATE RULES

Landlords letting out residential or commercial properties in England and Wales must ensure that they meet new energy efficiency standards.

Changes that came into force on 1st April 2018 will mean both domestic and non-domestic properties in England and Wales will have to meet a minimum energy efficiency standard.

The law states Landlords need to get a new Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) certificate every ten years. Each certificate has a grade from A to G, rating the building’s energy efficiency.

This change will mean that the minimum requirement will be an energy rating of E and it will be unlawful to rent out any property in breach of this minimum rating.

This new change will apply to all new tenancies and will not affect tenancies already in place unless the tenancy is renewed however changes due to come into effect in 2020 means the rules will apply to all tenancies, including existing lets.

Without an EPC rated E or above, landlords will face civil and criminal penalties for signing a new tenancy, or renewing an existing tenancy.  Landlords could face significant fines if found in breach of the legislation.

Should you need legal advice regarding any of the above or other residential property matters, please do not hesitate to contact Beverley Pretl at bpretl@bromleys.co.uk; Anna Curran at acurran@bromleys.co.uk, or Martin Blaylock at mblaylock@bromleys.co.uk

Alternatively, telephone our Property team on 0161 330 6821 or you are welcome to attend any of our free legal surgeries. Please click here for dates and times – No appointment necessary.