F and G rated properties to become unrentable

F and G rated properties to become unrentable

EPC band F and G to become unrentable on 1 Apr 2018

F and G rated properties to become unrentable

This information is provided by our friends at ARLA...

From 1 April 2018, landlords of private rented properties may not let a property with an EPC rating of F or G.

From 1 April 2020, landlords must not continue letting a relevant domestic property which is already let if that property has an EPC rating of band F or G

Act now

Making energy improvements to a property takes time to arrange, so landlords who let currently let properties with Energy Performance Certificate ratings of F or G need to take immediate action if they are to meet the April deadline, especially if they have a portfolio of properties.

What's the thinking behind the new regulations?

The private rented sector has a disproportionate share of the UK's least energy efficient homes. By introducing these new regulations, the government says that they hope to meet the following objectives:
•energy costs for tenants are reduced, especially in older homes,
•reduce greenhouse emissions,
•improve the condition of properties and help reduce maintenance costs,
•and smooth seasonal peaks in energy demand, bringing increased energy security.

The Government say that they also expect that jobs will be created, and greater competition in the green construction industry will drive down the costs of making eco-improvements.

Finally, they are keen to point out that landlords should benefit too from increased tenant satisfaction, less void periods, less regular maintenance, and making properties more attractive to prospective tenants, and increased resale value.

Enforcement will be carried out by local authorities, who can issue compliance notices and impose financial penalties, and publish details of the breach on the national PRS Exemptions Register. There will also be the right to an appeal process via the First-tier Tribunal.

Further information can be obtained from ARLA