New Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards


From 1st April 2018, it will become unlawful to let a property if it has an energy performance rating below an E on the Energy Performance Certificate (EPC).


Does this effect me?

If you let a residential property in England or Wales, then most probably, yes!

The Regulations will apply to domestic properties that are let under an assured tenancy (such as an assured shorthold tenancy), as defined in the Housing Act 1998, or a regulated tenancy, as defined in the Rent Act 1977.

The Regulations will also apply to some non-domestic property (a property which is let on a tenancy but is not a dwelling).


When will this come in to force?

After 1 April 2018, the Regulations will apply when you:

  • Grant a new tenancy to a new tenant; or
  • Grant a new tenancy to an existing tenant (note, the tenancy moving from a fixed term to a periodic tenancy from 1st April 2018 is considered, in this case, to be granting a new tenancy)

After 1 April 2020, the Regulations will apply to all privately rented properties within the scope of the Regulations and so it will also affect your existing tenancies.


You can check if your property has an EPC and its current rating on the register here.


Thanks to some changes that have been made to the bandings over time, in some cases a new EPC being completed can improve the rating from an F to an E, though this can not be guaranteed. Should you wish to have a new EPC to be completed, we can arrange this for you.


For more information regarding energy performance certificates contact our office who can put you in touch with a local energy assessor.

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