Efficiency standards for landlords
Since April 2018, landlords of privately rented properties have had to make sure that their properties reach at least an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) rating of E before granting a new tenancy to new or existing tenants.
An EPC gives information on the energy efficiency of a property.
Minimum energy efficiency standards
If you're the landlord of privately rented property, your property must reach a minimum EPC rating of E before you can grant a new tenancy to new or existing tenants.
This applies to all privately rented domestic and non-domestic properties in England and Wales.
Energy efficiency improvement requests
If a tenant asks for energy efficiency improvements to their home, you cannot unreasonably refuse consent if:
- the improvements can be installed at no cost to you
- the tenant has made a written request
Exemptions may apply if:
- all relevant energy efficiency improvements have been made and the property remains sub-standard
- a recommended measure is not a relevant energy efficiency improvement because it cannot be purchased and installed at no cost to the landlord
- installation of wall insulation is not a relevant energy efficiency improvement due to written expert advice confirming that the measure is not appropriate for the property
- third party consent is required but cannot be obtained despite reasonable efforts
- an RICS registered surveyor has confirmed that the installation may have a significant impact on the value of a property
Temporary exemption may also apply if you recently became a landlord. A temporary exemption will last for 6 months from the date you become a landlord.
How to register an energy efficiency exemption
If you qualify for an exemption that means you can continue letting a property below the minimum energy efficiency standard, you must register on the PRS exemptions register (GOV.UK).
We can issue fines of up to £5,000 for landlords who do not comply with the regulations, including failing to properly register an exemption.
For further guidance for landlords and tenants see: