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Spotlight on Regulations for Residential Landlords - Energy Performance Certificate (EPC)

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Landlords today face a bewildering array of regulations. Many are centred around tenant safety and might be thought matters of commons sense or good practice, but any breach could lead variously to a fine, compensation claim, a Prohibition Notice requiring remedial works to be undertaken, render any Notice Seeking possession ineffective against the tenant or even find the landlord behind bars.

With this in mind this regular series aims to highlight the main responsibilities the landlord has to contend with.

Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) – Since 1st October 2015, Landlords have been legally required to provide copies of an Energy Performance Certificate at the start of the tenancy. An EPC tells the tenant how energy efficient a rental property is on a scale of A-G, with A being the most efficient. From 1 April 2018 Regulations under The Energy Act 2011 (EA 2011) will make it unlawful for a private Landlord to rent out a domestic property that does not have a minimum energy rating of E. This will apply to all new tenancies and renewals after that date. By 1 April 2020 all existing tenancies will come under the regime. Enforcement will be by local authorities through Trading Standards. In the first instance a Compliance Notice may be served and if the response is not deemed to be satisfactory a Fixed Penalty Notice up to £4,000 can be issued.

This Blog is written to raise awareness of these issues. While every effort has been made to ensure that it is correct at the time of first publication it may not be updated, even if the law changes. It is not intended to be specific legal advice and cannot be relied on as such. Chattertons are not responsible or liable for any action taken or not taken as a result of this Blog. If you think any of these matters affect you then we would be happy to advise.

Andrew Morley provides dispute resolution and residential landlord and tenant services from our Lincoln office.

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