EPC Government Legislations
Updated: Oct 9, 2019
Since 1 October 2008 an EPC (energy performance certificate) is compulsory each time a home is put up for sale or for rent in England and Wales. In April 2012 that EPC legislation was significantly imposed.
On 22nd July 2014 and confirmed on 5 February 2015. The Government considered the views of a variety of individuals and organisations across England and Wales on the issues surrounding EPCs before deciding on the details of the new regulations which are designed to help the Government meet their obligations set out in the Energy Act 2011 to improve the energy efficiency of property within the privately rented sector. They then created the Energy Efficiency Regulations where a minimum energy efficiency standard was set making it illegal for landlords to grant a new lease for properties that have a energy performance rating below E, except if the property is registered as an exemption.
Effective from 1st April 2016 a tenant was now able to apply for consent to carry out energy efficiency improvements in privately rented properties.
From 1st April 2018 the Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES) applied to both the domestic and non-domestic properties meaning that whether a landlord is letting out a commercial property or a house to a tenant, it could be unlawful to do so should the building not meet these minimum EPC requirements. This applies to all renewal tenancies including the same tenant for the same property.
From 1 April 2020, a temporary exemption of six months will apply where a person becomes the landlord on purchasing an interest in a property and, on the date of the purchase, it was let on an existing tenancy.
A civil penalty of up to £4,000 will be imposed for breaches.