Government tighten EPC regulations

All privately rented properties will have to meet a minimum energy efficiency rating of ? Band E? by April 2018, say The Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC).

Commencing April 2016, it is mandatory that residential private landlords act on tenant requests for energy efficiency improvements where subsidies or Green Deal finance are available to cover the costs. By April 2018, both non-domestic and private domestic landlords will be required to make sure their properties have an EPC rating of at least an E.

As a minimum requirement to let to new or existing tenants, landlords will need to have installed the improvements that could be enhanced via funding by Green Deal or subsidies. Al private domestic rental properties occupied in April 2020 will need to have an EPC rating of at least an E.

To help tenants, landlords, local authorities and wider sector bodies to be ready for the new regulations, the Government will be working with PRS to deliver guidance on implementing the new regulations before they begin to be applicable in April 2016.

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