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Landlords face up to £5000 fine if they fail to improve homes' energy efficiency

Last Modified August 29, 2019
 
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Landlords in Hertsmere seeking to rent out properties will face fines of up to £5,000 for homes that fail to meet the new minimum energy efficiency ratings.

These new guidelines - which come into force on April 1st 2020 - demand that all rental properties have an Energy Efficiency Certificate of E or higher.

The Regulations apply to all domestic private-rented properties that are let on specific types of tenancy agreement or are legally required to have an Energy Performance Certificate.

Cllr Jean Heywood, Housing and Transport Portfolio Holder, said:

“Landlords will face a fine of up to £5,000 if they fail to get their rental properties up to standard. They are not being asked to make properties any more energy efficient than the average UK home which is a D.

Landlords will be expected to improve the energy efficiency of their properties which will also reduce energy bills for tenants.”

“We all need to take part in reducing the amount of energy we consume to help combat the damaging effects of global warming. Currently, there are just over 1000 homes in Hertsmere that fall below the E minimum and this is a step in the right direction to help ensure these Hertsmere homes become more energy efficient.”

Landlords letting or planning to let a property covered by MEES (Domestic Minimum Energy Efficiency Standard) Regulations can get a rating on your property. If a property has had an assessment before, it can be viewed at: www.epcregister.com.

Landlords with a property that does not comply can make the required improvements in a number of ways.   

There is never a requirement to spend more than £3,500 (including VAT).  Any higher costs mean eligibility to register for an exemption.

Landlords may explore possible joint self-funding and third-party funding.  The EPC report will provide the relevant package required to bring the home up to the minimum EPC rating of E.

Posted on Thursday 29th August 2019
 

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