Did you know that there are over 150 laws and 400 regulations when it comes to letting Private Rented Sector homes and often it is the tenant left paying the price.
As of April 1st 2018 there will be a requirement for any properties rented out in the private rented sector to normally have a minimum energy performance rating of E on an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC).
The regulations will come into force for new lets and renewals of tenancies with effect from 1st April 2018 and for all existing tenancies on 1st April 2020, with 330,000 properties expected to be affected. It will be unlawful to rent a property which breaches the requirement for a minimum E rating, unless there is an applicable exemption.
The RLA believed up to 100,000 homes could have been wrongly classified had some success when the Government agreed to now agreed to adapt software used to establish Energy
Performance Certificate ratings following a campaign spearheaded by the association. The Government has proposed £5,000 cap on the cost of improvement works for landlords, but this has yet to be confirmed and the RLA is now calling for the Government to put back the April 2018 compliance date.
Amplo Lettings recommends doing a number of the following to ensure your property is as energy efficient as possible!
1) Turn appliances off standby
2) Turn down the thermostat
3) Install a smart meter
4) Buy efficient appliances
5) Install a new boiler