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Reminder to agents: new lettings sector energy efficiency rules start today

Today sees the first step of a long-term government drive to improve energy efficiency in the private rental sector through the MEES programme - Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards. 

Ultimately this will make it unlawful from April 2018 to let homes in England and Wales which do not achieve a minimum Energy Performance Certificate rating of ‘E’. 

From today all private sector residential tenants have the right to request energy efficiency improvements to their properties. This applies to longer-term assured and regulated tenancies. Providing no upfront costs are required, any landlord who declines to improve the energy efficiency could be deemed ‘unreasonable.’

If a tenant considers that the landlord has not complied with the regulations, they can take the case to a First-tier Tribunal General Regulatory Chamber, which will hear and determine applications.

That’s the immediate change but then there are later deadlines too.

From April 2018 a landlord cannot grant a new tenancy of the property with an EPC rating below an E and April 2020 when it will apply to all rented properties. 

It is likely - but not so far confirmed - that the minimum standard is likely to rise to a D rating by 2025 and a C Rating in 2030.

  • Christopher Grant

    We provide EPCs to Landlords on a national basis. Currently, the proportion of EPCs that are F &G rated accounts for less than 10% of all EPCs we produce. This "soft" introduction of the legislation will give Landlords time to prepare for the punitive measures in 2018 when F & G rated properties will be banned from the rental market.

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