Landlords - minimum energy efficiency standards

From 1 April 2018, privately rented properties have to meet new standards of energy efficiency. Properties which have (or legally have to have) an EPC, have to have a minimum energy performance rating of E.

If they don't, landlords will not be able to rent them out to tenants, or re-let existing ones.

If landlords do not comply with this new rule, they can be fined up to £4,000.

Landlords who don't have a valid EPC could also be fined £200. They may also be stopped from serving a Section 21 notice to gain possession of their property at the end of a tenancy. Fines for non-domestic properties can be even higher.

The requirement for an EPC also applies to self-contained units such as bedsits.

The regulations also mean that from 1 April 2018, tenants who live in homes with a rating of F or G will be able to  ask for improvements to be made, such as more insulation.

The landlord will be legally bound to bring the home up to an E rating, unless it is exempt.