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Important Changes to EPC Regulations Energy Efficiency (Private Rented Property) (England & Wales) Regulations 2015

In 2016, new regulations are being brought in to ensure that all properties being rented, both domestic and non-domestic, meet a minimum energy efficiency rating.

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What does this mean?

For domestic and non-domestic properties, a landlord will not be able to grant a tenancy, or extend an existing tenancy, if the rental property does not meet the minimum standards.

Domestic energy efficiency improvements

From 1st April 2016, tenants will be able to request consent from their landlord to undertake improvements to their property’s energy efficiency – presuming this improvement has been recommended by an EPC, Green Deal report, or surveyor report. Tenants will need to demonstrate either government or third-party funding, or a willingness to pay, in their request. A landlord will have a duty not to unreasonably refuse a tenant’s request.

But what about listed buildings?

If a property is currently exempt from requiring an EPC, such as a building listed by Historic England, or temporary building, they will continue to be exempt from meeting this minimum energy efficiency standard.

 

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