Are you complying with Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards?
31 Oct 2019 Agents   General   Landlords  

Are you complying with Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards?

Domestic Private Rented Property in Wales are regulated by the Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards. An EPC rating of E or above is required on these property in order to comply with the law.

If you let out a property under a domestic shorthold, regulated or assured shorthold tenancy, you should be aware of two dates.

1st of April 2018: Tenancy agreements which started or renewed after this date were required to meet the new minimum levels immediately.

1st April 2020: The legislation will extend to cover existing tenancies too.

Any domestic rental property that falls foul of the minimum requirements will be deemed unlawful and the landlord may be subject to a civil penalty of up to £5000.

But there are a number of resources available that can help you to comply, including schemes that may be able to support with the cost of making energy improvements to your property.

NEST scheme

As part of the Welsh Government Warm Homes fund, NEST offer a range of free, impartial advice and, if you are eligible, a package of free home energy efficiency improvements such as a new boiler, central heating or insulation.

Website: nest.gov.wales/en/

Simple Energy Advice

Simple Energy Advice is an online hub offering impartial advice on how best to raise EPC standards within a property. The website also hosts information on potential funding opportunities for landlords.

Website: www.simpleenergyadvice.org.uk

Funding opportunities: www.simpleenergyadvice.org.uk/pages/funding-opportunities-for-landlords

The requirements of the legislation are also reflected in our licence holder’s Code of Practice. Failure to meet the minimum standards, can put your licence, and subsequently, your business at risk.

For a quick summary of the regulation, take a look at our animated video here.

In-depth guidance relating to the Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards has also been produced by UK government and is available here.


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