Low EPC ratings
Properties with an Energy Performance Certificate rating of F or G cannot legally be granted a new lease or renew an existing lease of that property until works have been carried out to improve the energy efficiency to a rating of E or above. Making these improvements can be hugely beneficial to both tenants and landlords, improving the property, making the home warmer and saving on costs. To read The Energy Efficiency (Private Rented Property) (England and Wales) Regulations 2015 please visit the Government legislation website.
Although the Council will assist landlords where they can to ensure the most appropriate improvements are carried out, if the property is in breach of the regulations a penalty notice may be issued.
The Private Sector Housing Enforcement Policy sets out charges for issuing enforcement notices to landlords and managers who put their tenants at risk of harm as a consequence of poor housing conditions. Details of these charges are given on page 11 of the new policy. The policy also provides details of other penalty charges that may be applicable to private landlords who fail to meet their responsibilities.
Exemptions and restrictions to making improvements
There are some exemptions to the new regulations. If your property meets the exemption criteria you must register it on the Government’s National Exemptions Register.
If a landlord fails to register an exemption this may amount to non-compliance with the regulations. Landlords will also be in breach of the regulations if they claim an exemption to which they are not properly entitled. Exemptions will be approved by the Council and will last for a period of 5 years. You will then be required to carry out relevant energy efficiency improvements or apply for a further exemption.
To see the list of exemptions and restrictions please refer to Part 3, Chapter 4 of the Energy Efficiency Regulations.