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New Energy Efficiency Legislation Looms Closer

Posted by Richard Ward in ,

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Regulation, which will help raise the energy efficiency of privates rented homes is nearing closer to the April 1st implementation date.

From April 1st, landlords starting new tenancies will have to ensure the property they are letting meets minimum energy-efficiency standards equal to a band E on energy performance certificates (EPCs). Those properties with an EPC rating of F or G will be in breach of the regulations and liable for penalties of up to £4,000.

The new regulations appear to be good news for tenants, with some estimates suggesting the average energy bills for a G rated property equate to £2,860 a year, compared to just £1,710 for those in band E.

However, there are exemptions, including some listed buildings and those deemed as "too hard to treat". This could include properties were wall insulation is not appropriate for structural reasons.

Landlords able to obtain exemptions, will in most cases, be allowed to defer the improvements for up to five years.

Government has also proposed an amendment to the legislation, capping the amount that must be spend on upgrades at £2,500 to ensure landlords don't incur excessive costs.