EPC regulation changes in 2020 – are you compliant?

Posted by: Sue Kemp on 27th February 2020

Following from our blog in March 2018 concerning the Energy Action 2018, we thought it would be appropriate to update with new requirements in 2020 for EPC certificates on rental properties.

MEES

In April 2018, the Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES) were introduced to the private rental market, which required all rented properties with new or renewed tenancy contracts to have a minimum energy performance certificate (EPC) rating of E. Landlords with existing tenancies were exempt, but that changes on 1st April, this year.

EPC regulation changes in 2020

 From 1 April 2020, the Minimum Energy Deficiency Standards will apply to all tenancies, regardless of when the lease was granted. This means that all UK landlords will need to make sure their buy to let properties adhere to the guidelines. The new law requires landlords with properties rated F or G to improve this rating for energy efficiency.

Landlords who fail to comply with the new EPC regulations could face fines of up to £5,000. There are a few exceptions to the above requirement:

  • Temporary buildings that will be used for less than two years
  • Listed buildings if the work would alter the building’s character
  • Residential buildings intended to be used for less than four months per year
  • Holiday accommodation that’s rented out for less than four months per year

Improving your property’s energy performance

Here are a few tips on how:

  • Insulating your floors, roof, loft and walls helps to lock in warm air and reduces the demand on heating. Most of a building’s heat is lost through poor sealing of doors and windows, and through poor insulation in the roof and walls.
  • Double or triple glazing help traps heat indoors and prevents cold air penetrating through;
  • Solar panels are an environmentally friendly way to produce energy and save money on bills – there are schemes available which help to subsidise the costs of installation;
  • Switching to low-energy light bulbs throughout the property.

If you have any further questions regarding EPC regulations, feel free to contact us today.

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