From 1 April, those who let out a property must adhere to the new energy rules, with those who flout the law potentially facing fines of £4,000.
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What are the new energy efficiency rules?
The Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES) require a minimum level of energy efficiency to be provided.
In practice, this means that properties must have a minimum energy performance certificate grade E – and won’t be able to be marketed for rent without one.
Check your energy performance
Hundreds of thousands of properties currently fail to meet these energy performance standards, according to industry body ARLA Propertymark.
It advises checking if an energy assessment has ever been done on the property, and if so, when.
This is because the standard required to achieve an E rating or better has changed since EPCs were introduction in 2007, meaning that an E rating 10 years ago could be downgraded to an F or G grade today.
£4000 fines for landlords
David Cox, chief executive of ARLA Propertymark, said: “Landlords now only have one month to ensure their properties comply with the Government’s minimum energy efficiency standards.
“Landlords have been responding to tenants’ demands for better quality and better insulated homes over the last few years; the number of properties which are EPC rated F or G has fallen from around 700,000 in 2012, to 300,000 today. However, there are still a lot which don’t meet the standards.
“After the deadline passes at the end of this month, landlords face fines of up to £4,000 for flouting the law, or losing money on empty properties which can’t be let until they meet the standards.”
What do if you don’t meet the criteria
Properties that do not meet the required energy standards cannot be rented legally.
If your property does not meet efficiency standards, you should to make the required improvements asap. Once you have an energy assessment done on your property or properties, you’ll need to move quickly if there are changes to be implemented.
While your energy assessment will make specific recommendations for your property, some of the most common causes of a low energy efficiency rating are poor insulation, an old and inefficient boiler, and lack of double glazing.
How will the MEES impact you? Let us know in the comments.