EPC Band C for Rented Properties – What you Need to Know


It does not matter if your tenants are renewing their leases or simply want to benefit from the new law. It is imperative that your property is equipped with an up-to-date EPC. The new law requires that all new rental properties have an EPC at least band C. Existing properties must also be equipped with an EPC in band C by 2028. This could cause a lot of headaches for landlords and can be expensive to adhere to.

They can invest up to £3,500 in energy efficiency improvements

EPCs can be used to assess the energy efficiency of a building. If the property has a low rating, it’s likely to need an energy efficiency improvement. However, there’s positive news for renters. The government now allows renters to spend up to £3,500 on energy efficiency improvements. Landlords are not required to cover the whole cost. They must only spend the right amount to achieve the “E” rating.
Depending on the energy performance of a property, the government has set minimum standards for energy performance in the Private Rented Sector. Properties that are rated F or G are the most inefficient in terms of energy efficiency, which means tenants will feel discomfort and pay expensive energy bills. Additionally, tenants in these homes are more likely to suffer from cold-related illnesses, which costs the NHS around £35m a year. A property that is E-rated can be upgraded from an F or G-rated property for around £1,400. Landlords can request a £3,500 exemption to cover the costs of the renovations.
The EPC is an essential element of the rental market in the UK. New regulations aim to make homes more energy efficient and cut carbon emissions. A new EPC is expected by 2030. Tenants who rent out an older property may struggle to achieve the energy rating of C however, improvements like fabric insulation and smart meters can help them achieve this. To help cover the cost of hiring tradespeople to improve the efficiency of their properties, landlords might be eligible for the £5,000 Green Homes Grant.

They could be fined if they fail to provide an appropriate EPC

The Energy Performance of Buildings Regulations (EPC) requires landlords to present an EPC before they can market their rental property to tenants. If an EPC expires, the landlord must obtain an updated one prior to signing a lease agreement with the new tenant.
An EPC is not required if the home is not self-contained or rented out to an individual. An EPC is not required if the house is a residence hall. However, an EPC will not be required for rooms that are not individual. However, EPCs are necessary for self-contained units for renting or selling. In addition when the property is used as a caretaker’s apartment the property must be supported by a report from an accredited energy assessor.
Failure to provide a valid EPC certificate could result in penalties. A landlord who does not provide a valid EPC may be charged by the local authority and may be required to pay an amount of money. Failure to provide an EPC certificate could lead to a dispute with tenants.
In addition to the law regarding EPCs, landlords must provide a valid EPC certificate if they rent out a joint and several properties. Multiple tenancies and joint leases are legal equivalent to a single family home. The landlord has to provide an EPC certificate for the entire property.

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