Government tell trade body – new EPC rules will come in next April

Letting Agent Today, an online magazine, has informed its readership that the Residential Landlords Association (RLA) met with senior officials at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and were told “in no uncertain terms” that the Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards are to be enforced from April 2018; and that the lettings sector need to prepare now.

Elmhurst has noted that the commercial lettings sector appears to have been more diligent with this legislation and are acting upon it. Businesses understand the risk of have ‘F’ and ‘G’ rated properties on their books and are either selling them or upgrading them. It is clear that some in the residential sector have either not known about the legislation or ignoring its impact. This strong message from Government sets out their intent.

Elmhurst have been preparing its energy assessor members with factsheets and training on this vital policy since before it came into Law in England and Wales in April 2016. We strongly advise landlords to discuss their property (or portfolio) with an experienced Elmhurst Energy Assessor, who can help them tailor the correct approach for the properties.

Landlords need to:

  1. Obtain their EPCs for their properties
  2. Seek advice from Energy Assessors
  3. Get new up to date EPCs if old or out of date – in order to make better informed decisions
  4. Put a plan of action together to meet the requirements ahead of next April

The RLA also suggest that Landlords that do nothing will be in a very real risk of be fined for not complying, whilst they also highlight the fact that tradesmen maybe busy over the deadline period.

Stuart Fairlie -Technical Director at Elmhurst confirms; “The new standards have been around since April 2016 and savvy landlords have been in discussions with Energy Assessors on how to best meet the requirements for their properties over the past couple of years. The minimum standard of ‘E’ is for the vast majority of homes very easily achievable, through low cost energy efficiency improvements. The Government is clearly ensuring that the worst performing homes (‘F’ and ‘G’ rated) are brought up to better standards in attempt to eradicate fuel poverty. Landlords need help in deciding what is best to do, no two homes are the same and the advice of experts will really help to make this journey smoother. There are grants and schemes available to Landlords, but they need to know where to look.”

Elmhurst are pleased to see Government enforcing the standards and welcome the fact that trade bodies such as RLA are informing and education their members.


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