The Government has launched a consultation on Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) which impacts on rental properties.

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy is seeking evidence on how EPCs are currently performing in terms of quality, availability and improvement of energy efficiency.

The consultation is inviting responses by October 19.

EPC’s are used to measure the energy performance of buildings. As of 1st April 2018, it is now a legal 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).

If you are unsure about energy performance and the Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES), we’ve created a short and simple guide covering everything landlords need to know.

The regulations apply for new lets and renewals of tenancies with effect from April 1 this year and will apply to all existing tenancies on April 1 2020.

This means it will be unlawful to rent a property which breaches the requirement for a minimum E rating, unless there is an applicable exemption.

The new consultation documents outline suggestions from the Government on improvements that could be made, with the Government stating that additional ideas are welcome.

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In a previous blog, our resident expert Carl Agar talks new EPC regulations and improving energy efficiency and provides suggestions on how to improve the energy efficiency rating of your property