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Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards

An Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) rating is an indicator of the energy-efficiency of a property. These ratings are displayed on certificates and range between A (very efficient) and G (inefficient). If you are renting your property, whether for domestic or commercial purposes, it is your legal obligation to provide an Energy Performance Certificate as soon as you begin marketing your property for rental.

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What is an EPC rating?

EPC ratings are valid for 10 years and not only provide homeowners with an indication of how energy-efficient their property is, but they also provide an insight into how improvements could be made to achieve better ratings and potentially increase savings and comfort levels in the property.

New legislation and what it means

From the 1st April 2018, there will be a change in the requirements outlined by the Minimum Energy-Efficiency Standards (MEES). The new legislation will require that properties within the private rented sector (unless legally exempt) must have a minimum performance rating of E, which means that landlords with properties falling under this threshold may have to undertake measures to increase the levels of energy-efficiency in their rented homes; this could include tasks such as installing a new boiler system and cavity wall insulation.

The new EPC requirements are applicable to almost all new lets and renewals of tenancies from the 1st April 2018, whilst the date for all existing tenancies will follow on the 1st April 2020. These new EPC regulations were set up by the government to help attain carbon reduction targets; they aim to lower carbon emissions in the UK by an estimated 57% by 2030[119]. The change ultimately aims to benefit both the environment by lowering our carbon footprint, and homemakers as energy-efficiency within the household could reduce energy bills.

Meeting the requirements set out by the new legislation are obligatory for all landlords unless legally exempt, with any violation potentially resulting in a fixed fine of up to £4000[120].

What do the ratings mean?

An EPC rating is an effective means of providing homeowners with an insight into how much a household could cost to run. The information provided includes:

The A-G rating system displayed on an EPC is recommended by the government to categorise the ratings of properties, with an A rating being the highest and a G rating being the lowest. This system is referred to as the Standard Assessment Procedure (SAP) and is outlined below. In accordance with the new EPC requirements, landlords should aim to ensure that their properties have an EPC SAP score of 54 and above [121].

How do I get a certificate?

If you are a landlord, you can obtain an Energy Performance Certificate by getting an accredited domestic energy assessor to come and inspect the property. The EPC register, which is available online, provides access to existing certificates to everyone and could also help you find a registered domestic energy assessor in an area near you.

Alternatively, if you are working with an estate or letting agent, they may be able to recommend or provide you with a domestic energy assessor from their company. It is mandatory for you to provide your tenants with an EPC. Landlords who fail to do so run the risk of potentially being given a fixed penalty of £200[124].

The cost for an Energy Performance Certificate can vary, with prices typically beginning at £35[122]. The price range can be dependent on a number of factors including the type of property, the number of bedrooms it has and the area it is located in. For example, an EPC certificate for a large house in an expensive area could cost considerably more than a medium house in a less affluent area.

How to increase my EPC rating

As a landlord, it is your responsibility to ensure that any property that you place on the market meets the EPC requirements outlined by the government. There are a number of measures that you can take if you want to increase your rented property‘s EPC rating. This includes [120] :

Here at Help-Link, we could provide you with an effective means of increasing your EPC rating in the form of a new energy-efficient boiler. Our Gas Safe registered engineers only install boilers from leading brands within the industry, such as Worcester Bosch, Ideal and Baxi; one of these boilers could be the solution that your property needs in order to boost its EPC rating. By installing one of our top-rated boilers into your property, you could supply your tenants with heating and hot water, as well as potentially boost the energy-efficiency of the property, making it more likely to abide by the regulations set out by the new legislation.

Invest in a new energy-efficient boiler today and rest easy knowing that your rented-property is more likely to be compliant with the Minimum Energy-Efficiency Standards. It has been said that the standards will only getting higher, with it being suggested that they could reach a minimum of a C rating by 2035, so be well-prepared for the future by getting one of our A-rated boilers [123].

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