Spring is on its way and it’s the ideal time for you to gently encourage your landlords to look at ways to improve the energy efficiency of their properties.

From 1st April 2018 you will no longer be able to agree new tenancies or renew existing tenancies for properties with an EPC rating of band F or G.

Where a landlord wishes to continue letting property which is currently ‘sub-standard’, they will first need to ensure that energy efficiency improvements are made which raise the rating to a minimum of E.

Landlords found to be letting sub-standard property after 1st April next year could be fined up to £5,000 for non-compliance. Offending landlords will also be required to bring the property up to the required standard.

In certain, limited, circumstances landlords may be able to claim an exemption from this prohibition on letting sub-standard property, this includes situations where all improvements which can be made have been made, and the property remains below an E. Where a valid exemption applies, landlords must register the exemption on the database set up for this purpose – the “PRS Exemptions Register”. Landlords of F and G rated non-domestic property are able to register valid exemptions from April 2017. (Further information on this will be available on the gov.uk website shortly).

The Government have released a guidance to landlords of privately rented non-domestic property but are yet to publish one on domestic property.  (to download the guidance for non-domestic property click here.)