Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards: What's Changing and How Will Landlords be Affected?

As from 1st April 2018 it is a requirement that any properties rented out in the private sector will have to meet new Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards.

Privately rented properties will have to have a minimum performance rating of E on an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC). A domestic private rented sector property will be deemed substandard if the EPC rating is F or G and landlords will no longer be allowed to let the property, until improvements are made to improve the EPC rating to E.  

The regulations will come into force for new lets and renewals of tenancies from 1st April 2018 and for all existing tenancies on 1st April 2020. These changes in regulation mean that landlords will no longer be able to rent out properties with an EPC rating of F or G and landlords who breach the regulations could face a penalty of up to £4,000.

Do the Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards apply to all rented properties?

The new Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards regulations are applicable to most domestic private rented sector properties in England and Wales that fall within the current tenancy types:  

●     A tenancy which is a regulated tenancy for the purposes of the Rent Acts, this will be a tenancy where there is a Rent Act protected statutory tenancy.  

●     Properties let on a tenancy which is an assured agricultural occupancy and similar tenancies relating to agricultural dwellings. 

●     Properties let under an assured tenancy including an assured shorthold tenancy.


All privately rented domestic properties that are legally required to have an EPC will be within the scope of the new Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards and landlords will have to ensure their properties comply with the new regulations. Properties within the scope will include:  

●     Any domestic privately rented property which: has an EPC, and is either required to have an EPC; or is within a larger unit which itself was required to have an EPC, either at point of sale, or point of let.  

●     Flats and houses are subject to the regulations if they are legally required to have an EPC (as a result of being sold or let). In the case of flats this means a self-contained unit. Non-self-contained units such as bedsits do not require an individual EPC but may require one for the whole property. 

●     If a property is not legally required to have an EPC, then the regulations do not apply.


What can landlords do to ensure they comply with Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards?

Landlords in the domestic private rented sector must ensure their properties have an EPC rating of E or above to comply with the new regulations. A rating of E is the minimum requirement to ensure compliance, but landlords may choose to achieve a higher rating.  

There are a number of improvements landlords can carry out to help them comply with the Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards, including the installation and maintenance of:


●     Air Source Heat Pumps

●     Thermostat Boilers

●     Thermostat Room Heaters

●     Cylinder Thermostats

●     Hot Water Shower Systems

●     Hot Water Taps

●     Hot Water Controls (including timers and temperature control)

●     Hot Water Cylinder Insulation

●     Gas Fired Condensing Boilers

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