New Energy Efficiency Rules for Rental Properties
For some seven years now it has been a requirement to provide an Energy Performance Certificate when letting a residential property. The legislation relating to this can be found in the European Union Directive 2002/91/EC relating to the energy performance of buildings, as transposed into British law by the Housing Act 2004 and The Energy Performance of Buildings (Certificates and Inspections) (England and Wales) Regulations 2007. Since then, The Energy Act 2011 made provisions for the introduction of further Regulations aiming to improve the energy efficiency of residential rental properties.
These Regulations when passed, will mean that that landlords will not be able to unreasonably refuse a tenants’ request to undertake energy efficiency improvement works either at their cost or with the use of government or similar funding (due to come into force before April 2016). Landlords will also be unable to let a property that has an EPC rating of F or below from around April 2018.
Landlords should therefore be starting to look at their housing stocks and undertake measures to improve those that fall below the E Rating.
At Sheldon Bosley we are able to assist in the planning and management of any works that are deemed necessary to improve those properties sufficiently to allow them to be let within the new guidelines. If you require assistance please contact our lettings departments as follows:
Stratford upon Avon Office:
Michael Scott FARLA 01789 206760 firstname.lastname@example.org
Shipston on Stour Office:
Sue Maaz FARLA 01608 665473 email@example.com