Mon 18 Sep 2017
From the 1st April 2018 properties which are up for rental and tenancies due for renewal will be required to have an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) with a rating of E or above. The rule will also apply to all existing tenancies on the 1st April 2020, with some exemptions (still to be confirmed).
Since 2012 EU legislation requires most properties for sale or rent to have an EPC. The EPC gives information about a property's energy use and typical energy costs, as well as advice on how to reduce said costs and save money.
A property's energy rating is between A and G with a rating of A being the most efficient.
To help boost your EPC rating follow this advice from our expert energy assessors at Talk Green Limited:
Replace an old inefficient boilerAlthough this can be quite an expensive job, replacing an inefficient boiler and improving the central heating system will have a significant effect on any property's energy rating.
If you are unable to afford to replace an old boiler, consider fitting some form of controls such as a room thermostat, individual Thermostatic Radiator Valves (TRVs) and Boiler Programmer which will have a positive bearing on the EPC results.
An inexpensive and very simple way to help improve your property's energy efficiency is to replace existing halogen or non-Low Energy Lighting (LEL) with LEL’s, Compact Fluorescent Light’s (CFL) or Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs).
Make sure your loft insulation is at least 270mm in depth – simple and inexpensive to introduce. If your loft is at 90mm or less you can get funding to have the loft filled or topped up.
If your property has a cavity wall construction, ensure that this is filled – again this is something simple and inexpensive to introduce. Funding is available for this efficiency measure and has a huge bearing on the EPC rating.
For more information about the up and coming legislation and the implications it has for landlords contact our lettings team or visit Residential Landlords Association (RLA).
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