Crack down on inefficient properties with new EPC guidelines

 

As a landlord it is important that you are aware of changes in legislation coming into effect next month on April 1st 2018. This is no April Fools' hoax! The Department of Communities and Local Government (DCLG) have made changes to their Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) guidelines as part of their crackdown on properties with poor Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES). Properties with a minimum performance rating of 'E' on the Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) will need their landlords to make improvements in order to avoid the fine. The fine can incur ip to £4000. A rating of at least an 'E' will need to be documented before new tenants can be moved in or before existing tenancies are renewed. This extends to existing lets from April 1st 2020.

 

As a result of recent changes to EPC methodology, updating your EPC before proceeding may be helpful. It may be that your EPC rating will have been upgraded so either a minimum E requirement is met or less works will be necessary. What you could then do would be to carry out the works which are permitted and register an exemption on the PRS Exemptions Register for other works which the conservation officer will not agree to.

 

 

How can you improve your EPC?

 

*Upgrade your insulation.

 

*The minimum recommendation for for cavity wall is 250mm thick.

 

*Go for double glazing to reduce heat loss through your windows.

 

*Upgrade your boiler and take advantage of the new and improved boiler technology on offer.

 

*Swap inefficient lighting for energy an saving alternative. CFL or LED light bulbs can significantly reduce electricity bills.

 

Have you considered draught proofing or pipework insulation?

 

 

Exemptions

 

Buildings protected because of their unique architectural or historic value are exempt from having to comply with the new EPC guidelines if it would 'unacceptably alter their character or appearance'. For example, the reccomendations in a n EPC Report such as double glazing, new doors and window, external wall insulation and boiler flues, may unacceptably alter historic buildings. However, what constitutes as an unacceptable alteration is not made clear and will have to be considered case by case.

 

 

Published on 01 March 2018

Source Wonderlease

Written by Marc Cohen

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