On 1st April 2018. The government has seen fit, as part of their improvement standards to ensure that every single property that is rented out meets minimum Energy Efficiency standards.
Last month we looked at Pets and Section 21 Notices, along with the need for repairs and the long plethoric list of alternative mandatory items that Landlords need to follow to ensure permissible notices and compliance matters are aligned.
Now the Government in their action for the mass populous and to create a safer environment for all those in rented properties, has declared under the Energy Act 2011, that any Residential Property with an Energy Efficiency rating of F or G will require substantial improvement work before it can be rented out.
Of course, this makes sense for renters, who are already given a copy of the EPC (Energy Performance Certificate) as standard upon the commencement of the tenancy, however, how many people understand the numbers and what the numbers mean?
The Energy Efficiency Rating (usually the first graph one sees on the report) is the basis of how well the property is at minimising energy use for the basic needs, heating, lighting, and hot water. The report considers the build type, the insulation etc, windows, type of boiler and thermostatic controls for temperature and timer, similarly, with lights, the assessor looks at the type of bulbs being used.
Now the issue that one faces when utilising an EPC and recommendations for improvements, is the cost of improvements, some are affordable such as addition of a thermostatic temperature control, or changing the lightbulbs to energy efficient LEDs; however, others are some which may require additional investment from other sources to provide the required improvements, such as, upgrading or replacing the boiler for the provision of heating and hot water, to installation of double glazing.
Analysing the cost implication of the double-glazing installation, which can be rather on the unaffordable side, to alternative solutions such as installation of secondary glazing within the property.
Both solutions come with cost associated setbacks, however, one item to consider is the type of property and any permissions that may be required to replace, some leasehold properties have stipulations in the leases where the freeholder is responsible for the window frames and sill and the leaseholder is responsible for the glass. For obvious reasons, the former would be a tendered contract, where the installation of new windows would be through the service charge. Again, potentially not the most feasible option.
However, this scramble at the last minute may be somewhat in vain as there are some domestic properties that are exempt from the EPC requirements, for more information see ….
Dendrow International can arrange for a competitive price from our appointed energy Assessor. Call today to ensure that you are not behind on the new regulations.