Landlords may need to pay up to £3,500 to improve the energy efficiency of their rented homes, under regulations set to come into force next year.
Since April, properties in the private rented sector have needed to have a minimum Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) rating of E.
Landlords are currently able to claim an exemption if they can’t secure government funding for energy improvements, but that’s set to change.
Here, we explain how the regulations will work, who will be affected, and how you can improve the energy efficiency of your home.
Energy efficiency rules for landlords
Energy efficiency rules for landlords In April, the government brought in Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES), requiring rented homes to have a minimum Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) rating of E.
These changes initially only covered new tenancies and renewals, although existing tenancies will also be included from 2020.
The MEES mean that landlords can no longer rent out homes with an EPC rating of F or G, and those who continue to do so face fines up to a maximum of £5,000.
Currently, a ‘no cost to the landlord’ exemption is in place, meaning that if landlords can’t access funding to improve their energy efficiency (for example from the Green Deal or their local council), they won’t need to pay to make changes themselves.
That exemption will be removed, making landlords liable for efficiency improvements up to a cap of £3,500. There will still be exemptions on offer for properties that would cost more than £3,500 to bring up to scratch, but landlords may still need to pay for changes that take them up to the cap.