Since April 2018 private rental properties could only be legally let to new tenants if they had a minimum energy efficiency rating of E (unless exempted). Our previous posts can be read here.
On 6 April 2018 the minimum energy efficiency standard came into force. This meant that only properties with a minimum EPC rating of E could be rented out in the private rental sector to new tenants or where there was a renewal. However, from April this year it will be extended and apply to all tenancies in the private rental sector. This means landlords who have had the same tenant prior to 6 April 2018 will now need to take some positive action to improve their properties (exemptions apply) if they have not done so already. One such exemption which may be relevant here is where a tenant will not permit improvements to be made. However, this must be registered to be effective. Consequently, properties with a F or G EPC rating will no longer be acceptable if an exemption does not apply and will therefore either need to be removed from the rental sector or as stated above, improved.
The cost of these improvements is capped at £3,500 inc VAT. Our previous detailed post on the operation of the cap can be read here. It is important to note that any applicable exemption must be applied for in advance. Therefore, for those that are still managing a property which is rated F or G action needs to be taken now to avoid missing the April deadline and facing prosecution.