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Energy Efficiency Changes In 2020

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Did you know the Energy Efficiency requirements are changing in 2020 and are you ready?

As you are probably aware, the Energy Efficiency Regulations 2015 established a minimum level of energy efficiency for privately rented property in England and Wales.  This meant that, from April 2018, landlords of privately rented domestic and non-domestic property in England or Wales must ensure that their properties reach at least an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) rating of E before granting a new tenancy to new or existing tenants.

From 1 April 2020, these requirements will change and all domestic private rented properties in England and Wales must reach an EPC E rating even where there has been no change in tenancy arrangements.  These regulations will also apply to non-domestic properties from 1 April 2023.

MEES (Minimum Energy Efficiency Standard) in Scotland follow slightly different time frames.  The guidelines here state that from 1 April 2020 a property must reach a minimum E rating on the EPC and will most likely progress from there to a minimum D rating from 1 April 2022.

The regulation changes across the country, however, will mean that landlords and managing agents will need to ensure that EPC standards are met for their properties at a change of tenancy, and whilst there is a cost cap of £5,000 for any required works needed for a property to meet the required EPC banding, there will be civil fines for non-compliance.

If you are looking for a supplier to check your property ratings, this is where we can help.  Evolve operate a nationwide network of fully qualified domestic and commercial energy assessors and can offer our services at competitive prices for those needing an outsourced solution for EPCs on anything from large property portfolios to one-off jobs.  Talk to us today for more information.