New EPC regulations

When selling or renting out an existing property, the property’s energy performance rating is a significant factor that can influence potential buyers or renters. To ensure transparency, the seller or landlord is required to commission an EPC before listing the property on the market.

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Future EPC requirements – key dates

If you’re a landlord, it’s essential to understand the current regulations under the MEES (Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards). According to these regulations, it is illegal to grant a new lease of residential or commercial premises in England and Wales with an EPC rating below E. If a landlord lets or continues to let a sub-standard property in breach of these regulations, hefty fines could be imposed. For commercial property, a breach of up to three months could result in a fine of up to £50,000, and a breach of three months or more could result in a maximum fine of £150,000. Furthermore, the landlord in breach may be published on a public register, providing details of the breach.

Currently, there are exemptions that allow landlords to let or continue to let properties with an EPC rating below an ‘E’ without carrying out any energy efficiency improvement works. However, exemptions require registration in advance on a government register and need to be renewed at least every 5 years.

To reduce emissions to net-zero by 2050, the government has announced that from 1st April 2023, it will be illegal to continue to let commercial properties with an EPC rating below E. This means that all commercial properties will require an EPC. Furthermore, the government is seeking to enforce a minimum energy efficiency of EPC band C for all commercial properties from 1st April 2027, rising to a minimum standard of EPC band B from 1st April 2030. As a landlord, it’s important to stay up-to-date with these regulations to avoid penalties and ensure compliance with the law.

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If you’re a property owner, it’s important to understand the significance of an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC). The EPC provides information about the energy efficiency of your property and contains several important details. The asset rating is included in the EPC, and it places the energy efficiency of your property on a sliding scale. Additionally, the assessor is required to provide a recommendation report, which usually includes suggestions for cost-effective improvements that could be made to the property to enhance its energy efficiency. The EPC also contains details of the property, the issue date, and Green Deal information, if applicable. Note that since 2015, the Green Deal has been closed to new entrants. Don’t underestimate the value of an EPC, and be sure to consult a qualified assessor to obtain your EPC.

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