Changes to the requirements for Energy Performance Certificates (EPC) for private rental properties coming into place.
The current rules
In 2018, EPC requirements changed for landlords through the introduction of a minimum energy rating of ‘E’ or above for new tenancies. Now, this rule applies to all tenancies, not just new ones.
In 2021, changes to the Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards were also announced that will affect landlords and rentals from 2028.
After a consultation in December 2020, the government have announced changes to the Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards for England and Wales.
The government have proposed that all rental properties will need an EPC rating of ‘C’ or above by 2028. The original proposal was that the new regulations will be introduced for new tenancies from 2025 first, followed by all tenancies from 2028; however, this was changed in March 2023 and the deadline is 2028 for all rentals.
The regulation changes hope to make homes more energy-efficient and reduce carbon emissions as part of the government target to be net-zero by 2050.
The penalty for not having a valid EPC will also be raised from £5,000 to £30,000 from 2028.
If you currently own a buy to let property or are thinking of buying one, then these changes could affect you.
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