And, from April 2020 the requirement for a minimum E EPC rating will apply not just to new lettings but also to existing tenancies as well.
At present 2025 has been set to target a minimum of a D rating and 2030 for a minimum target of a C rating. £0 £0
In order to comply and allow your property to continue to be let when a tenant moves out after April 2018, it is imperative that Landlords act sooner rather than later. £0 It may be as simple as renewing the EPC, since many early EPC’s may well have been rated incorrectly due to incorrect assumptions made by the software or improvement works that will improve the EPC rating may have been carried out without the certificate being renewed. However, Landlords should begin to plan for any works which will be needed to improve the rating. £0
Alternatively, some simple improvements can also make a difference including loft insulation (since 33% of a property’s heat is lost through the roof), LED light bulbs as they use 90% less energy than traditional bulbs, or a new boiler or efficient electric heaters may also make a positive difference.
Our advice would be to look at these measures now in order to ensure that your property is more efficient before the deadline. For a free review of your current EPC, which we can access should you not have a copy, please contact our lettings experts today. £0