Energy efficiency for private landlords
If you’re looking to rent out a property you must arrange to obtain an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) before it is marketed.
An EPC rates how energy efficient your property is using grades from A to G (with ‘A’ the most efficient grade). Current running costs for heating, hot water and lighting and a list of recommended energy saving improvements are shown on the certificate.
The rating for the property must be clearly shown on any rental advertising and a copy of the certificate must be given free of charge to any prospective tenants. If this is not given to the tenants along with the government guide ‘How to Rent’ before a tenancy starts, it will result in delays if the landlord needs to evict a tenant.
North Kesteven Building Control team can produce EPCs, for more information please email email@example.com or ring 01529 414155.
For details on the full EPC information and exemptions please see Gov.uk information on EPC requirements.
The Government’s Energy Act 2011
From April 2016: Tenants have the right to request reasonable energy improvements to improve their property which landlords will not be able to refuse. Funding for these improvements must have been sourced by the tenants.
For more details go to Gov.UK website, or download our advice sheet for more details regarding the request procedure.
From April 2018: a landlord of a private rented property with an EPC rating of F or G must not grant 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 beneficial to both tenants and landlords, saving on costs and having a positive impact on the environment.
There are exemptions for certain properties, but landlords will need to register an exempt property on the national Private Rented Sector Exemptions Register managed by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS). The Register is due to be opened for applications on 1 October 2017.
If you have either a F or G rated property and would like help or guidance to improve the energy efficiency rating please get in touch with the Safe as Houses team by email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 01529 414155.
For full details on the Energy Efficiency (Private Rented Property) Regulations 2015 please go to the legislation.gov.uk website
From April 2020: properties with existing tenancies cannot continue to be rented past April 2020 until they also achieve an E rating or above on the EPC register.
Making a property more energy efficient
For information on what grants and funding schemes are available please visit the energy improvements grants and funding page.
Further information regarding making energy efficiency improvements and relevant trade accreditation schemes can be found in our Keeping warm and saving energy section.