The Residential Landlords Association has reported that the Government has now revealed the dates for rental properties to comply with new energy efficiency rules. They are:
April 2018: by this date it will be unlawful to let out a property with an F or G Energy Performance Certificate rating, as a new let.
April 2020: by this date the requirement for a minimum E rating will apply, not just to new lets but also to existing tenancies;
2025: the target is for a minimum D rating;
2030: the minimum target will be a C rating.
Richard Jones, company secretary of the RLA however has stated that there is some doubt over the accuracy of a large number of EPC’s “The Building Research Establishment estimates that around 100,000 properties have an incorrect F and G rating so these ratings should be better than they are. This means some of those currently rated at the lowest banding Band G ought to be reclassified as Band F and quite a number of those that are in Band F do in fact meet the Band E requirement. We are making repeated representations to the government on this issue because we firmly believe that EPCs must be accurate before compulsion is brought in” he says.
We will update our blog with any further changes. With most of these things we find there is always a few along the way!