The Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (‘BEIS’) has issued guidance to landlords ahead of the Energy Efficiency (Private Rented Property) Regulations 2015 (‘the Regulations’) coming into force.
The Regulations introduced a minimum level of energy efficiency for private rented property and covers all non-domestic property unless the property is not required to have an EPC, the tenancy is for less than six months or the lease is granted for 99 years of more.
Under the Regulations from 1 April 2018 landlords will be unable to grant a tenancy to a new or existing tenant if the property has an EPC rating below ‘E’. From 1 April 2023 landlords of properties with an EPC rating below ‘E’ must no longer rent those properties, even those that are already let.
Landlords may be able to claim exemptions that are available in certain, limited circumstances, however the strong advice from the BEIS is that landlords should carry out a review and renewal EPCs for portfolio, so that they can take action to carry out any works required to bring affected properties up to standard.
If you are a landlord and you require any assistance or advice in relation to your obligations under the Regulations please contact our Bicester office on 01869 252244 or our Oxford office on 01865 244661 and we will be happy to help.