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How Will EPC Upgrades Affect Rental Properties UK

How Will EPC Upgrades Affect Rental Properties

The requirement for a minimum energy rating of ‘E’ or above for new tenancies changed in 2018, but now this rule applies to all types of tenancy agreements.

The Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards changed in 2021, and it will affect any landlords renting out their properties from 2025 on.

In this post, we’ll go over the changes that occurred in 2020, as well as all you need to know about EPCs’ latest upgrades, what your legal obligations are, and what happens if your property doesn’t have an EPC.

What are the current EPC requirements?

Since October 2008, rental properties in England and Wales have required an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC).

MEES had their official start on April 1st, 2018., making it mandatory for all buildings in England and Wales being put up for rent or sale to have an EPC rating of at least ‘E’.

How have EPC requirements changed?

As of April 1, 2020, the Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards will apply to all existing tenancies – not just new ones or renewals. If your property doesn’t have a valid EPC rating of ‘E’ or above by this date, you cannot legally let it out.

What are the new EPC regulations for landlords in 2022?

In December 2020, the government held a consultation to gather opinions on changing the Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards for England and Wales.

By 2025, all rental properties will be required to have an EPC rating of “C” or higher. Similar to the previous changes, the new regulations will be introduced for new tenancies first, followed by all tenancies from 2028.

The federal government’s energy and climate change policy, known as Net Zero by 2050, aims to improve housing energy efficiency and reduce carbon emissions in order to meet the objective of being net-zero by that date.

If you do not have a valid EPC by 2025, the fine will be raised from £5,000 to £30,000.

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