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The Private Rented Property minimum energy efficiency standards from April 2018 – landlord guidance

Energy Efficiency Standards

The Energy Efficiency (Private Rented Property) Regulations 2015 establish a minimum level of energy efficiency for privately rented property in England and Wales.

This means that, from April 2018, landlords of privately rented domestic and non-domestic property in England or Wales must ensure that their properties reach at least an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) rating of E before granting a new tenancy to new or existing tenants.

These requirements will then apply to all private rented properties in England and Wales – even where there has been no change in tenancy arrangements – from 1 April 2020 for domestic properties, and from 1 April 2023 for non-domestic properties.

This will have a significant impact for landlords, tenants and their property advisors. Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards Regulations prohibit a new letting, or the renewal of an existing lease of a commercial property, that has an EPC rating of F or G unless an exemption has been validly registered.

There will be penalties for renting out a property that does not comply with the standards.

For further information please visit the GOV.UK website.

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