Aug 1, 2014

Landlords hit by changing energy performance legislation

Letting out old, draughty rooms and buildings to tenants could soon be a thing of the past, once the government’s change to energy efficiency legislation is put into place.

This new legislation will give tenants the right to request an energy efficiency survey on a property. Should the resulting Energy Performance Certificate be returned, indicating that the property’s efficiency is classed as Band E or below, then the property will not be allowed to be let, as from 2016.

There is a silver lining, however. Landlords who can prove that although they have tried to improve their property’s energy efficiency but have been unable to do so, leaving their property rated as Band E or below; will be able to let out their property once more as from 2018.

It is thought that a Band C home is currently faced with fuel bills of around £1000 less than a Band F or G home. In addition, the government is planning to extend the Energy Company Obligation(ECO) agreement to March 2017. This could see up to 100,000 properties benefitting from sold wall insulation to cut down on the amount of heat wastage.

Band C, D and E homes are expected to raise their game, with deadlines for movement up the scale to be in place by 2030 for Band C, 2025 for Band D and 2020 for Band E.

Recent figures from DECC have revealed that one in ten privately rented homes have the lowest energy efficiency , with 20 percent of those people officially classed as living within “fuel poverty”.

Remember – as from 2016, an Energy Performance Certificate must be provided for each landlord’s property that you rent or manage, and this EPC must be rated above Band E before it can be marketed as available for viewing by prospective tenants.


Share this article

Sign Up For Free!

If you are an estate agent looking to grow your business, gain more valuations, or keep up to date with the property sector, enter your email address below to sign up for our regular updates.

Related Posts

GOAL! Are you meeting them?
Jun 18, 2021

The digital world doesn’t sleep, constant changes and the 24/7 availability means your brand doesn’t either.  So, is your marketing, website or […]

Read more

Online vs high street: Who will win?
Jun 28, 2016

Many high street agents have the advantage of a longstanding reputation, footfall, flexible services and face-to-face interaction. Online-only models have the benefit […]

Read more


Manchester Office

26 Dale Street, Manchester, M1 1FY

0161 820 0665

London Office

326 City Road, London, EC1V 2PT

0333 242 0647


Enquiry form

Property Stream Ltd © 2022 - Member of The Pride

Privacy policy