The Residential Landlords Association is warning landlords to check the energy efficiency of their properties before the introduction of new EPC rules.
As of April 2018, all homes in the private rented sector must meet the minimum Energy Performance Certificate rating of E or above.
Energy Performance Certificate ratings are measured from A (the most energy efficient) to G (the least energy efficient). If rented properties throw up a rating of F or G after the April deadline, then landlords will not be able to let out their properties.
However, when the new EPC rules are rolled out, at the outset they will only apply to new tenancies or renewals. The new rules will only apply to existing tenancies come 2020.
In light of the impending changes, landlords are strongly advise to check how energy efficient their buy-to-let property or properties are as soon as possible.
It is estimated that 330,000 buy-to-let properties are either rated F or G, so could fall into trouble next April.
For landlords with properties rated F or G, it is vital to make sure the necessary steps are taken to improve energy efficiency otherwise it will be illegal to rent the property out, meaning the landlord won’t be able to draw rental income from it.
David Smith, RLA policy director said: “The government has made it abundantly clear that there will be no movement on the April 2018 date so landlords MUST comply with the new legislation and the sooner they act the better.”
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