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Energy Performance Legislation Reminder

From the 1st April 2018 there will be a requirement for any properties rented out in the private rented sector to normally have a minimum energy performance rating of E on an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC).

The regulations will come into force for new lets and renewals of tenancies with effect from 1st April 2018 and for all existing tenancies on 1st April 2020. It will be unlawful to rent a property which breaches the requirement for a minimum E rating, unless there is an applicable exemption.

EPCs were introduced in 2007 and, they last 10 years, those issued then will expire for the first time.

Flats and houses, whether being sold or let, require an EPC. In the case of flats it refers to a self-contained unit, bedsits are not required to have an individual EPC.

There are some domestic buildings which are excluded from the legislation:-

•Buildings and monuments officially protected as part of a designated environment or because of their special  architectural historical. This includes listed buildings.
•Temporary buildings with a planned timed use of 2 years or less.
•Residential buildings which are intended to be used less than 4 months of the year.
•Stand-alone buildings with a total usable floor area of less than 50 square meters.

Andrew Grant’s Property Management team are here to help. We recommend that landlords check their ratings as soon as possible and if they do fall below an E seek advice on what improvements are required.

For further information please click here!

Please contact us on:
03302 211 222
katie.chesterman@andrew-grant.co.uk

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