Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards
From April 2018, landlords of privately rented domestic and non-domestic property 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.
In certain circumstances landlords may be able to claim an exemption from this requirement; this includes situations where it will cost more than £3500 to improve the property to an EPC Band E, or where all improvements which can be made have been made, and the property remains below an EPC rating of Band E.
Where a landlord believes that an F or G EPC rated property they rent qualifies for an exemption, they must register it on the National PRS Exemptions Register.
Penalties for non-compliance
The Council can issue fines of up to £5000 for landlords who do not comply with the regulations, including failing to properly register an exemption.
The government has published full guidance for landlords of domestic property.