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Rental Properties Must Meet New Energy Ratings

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Rental Properties Must Meet New Energy Ratings

Since April 2020, Private Rental properties must meet a minimum Energy Performance Rating of ‘E’ on their Energy Performance Certificate.

It is illegal to rent out homes below that, unless an exemption has been registered for the property. Failure to comply with the Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES) could see fines of up to £5,000 issued.

Rental Properties Must Meet New Energy Ratings

I’m a Landlord, what action do I need to take?

If you are currently letting a property with an EPC rating of ‘F or G’, and you haven’t already taken action, you must improve the property’s rating to a minimum rating of ‘E’. Register an exemption where applicable.

If you do not currently have a valid EPC for the property, you must arrange for one. Take the appropriate action to ensure the property complies with the minimum rating of ‘E’ or register an exemption.

Rental Properties Must Meet New Energy Ratings

I’m a Tenant, what can I do?

Tenants who feel that their home would benefit from improvements should speak to their Landlord or Letting agent.

As a tenant, you may be eligible to apply for energy efficiency grants (at no cost to the tenant) to help your Landlord carry out the required improvements.

Grants awarded will fund the recommended works and as a result of the improvements, you will benefit from a warmer, more efficient property with lower fuel bills.

There are also a number of schemes available that can help fund the necessary home energy improvements. For information visit simpleenergyadvice.org.uk, or for some community content, click here.

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