New NLA guide on energy efficiency for landlords in England and Wales

July 24, 2019

 

 

 

The NLA is today launching a free guide to support landlords to understand their responsibilities around energy efficiency. 

 

The guide provides information on what the energy efficiency rules say, what landlords need to do to comply, and how you can look to improve the energy efficiency of your properties. It also provides details of the types of exemptions from the Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards which landlords can register. 

 

Download our free guide to find out more. 

 

Decarbonisation is high on the political agenda at the moment, with the UK Government recently committing the country to reaching net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. Last week, the Decarbonisation of Homes in Wales Advisory Group, which the NLA was part of, launched their report with recommendations to the Welsh Government on reaching this target. 

 

Energy performance certificates (EPCs) are required when you let a property, and the EPC rating must be shown on any letting advertisement. 

 

Properties in England and Wales currently must have an EPC rating of E in order for landlords to be able to let them on new tenancies. From April 2020, all properties let privately, including new tenancies, will be required to have an E rating. It’s expected that privately rented homes will need to meet a C rating by 2030. 

 

In England, landlords must also serve an EPC to new tenants at the beginning of their tenancy. 

It's important that landlords understand their responsibilities in relation to energy efficiency as failure to comply can result in a fine of up to £5000, and in England can mean that any Section 21 notice served on the property is invalid. 

 

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