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New fines for landlords of leaky homes

Last Modified February 09, 2018

Anybody looking to rent out their property in Hertsmere from April will have to ensure it meets minimum energy efficient standards due to new government regulations.

Under the Energy Efficiency Regulations 2015, which come into force on 1 April, new landlords are banned from letting properties which have a low Energy Performance Certificate rating of F or G, unless an exemption applies. From April 2020, the same regulations will apply to existing landlords. As well as being banned, landlords who aren’t complying with the new regulations could be fined up to £5,000 by our officers who are responsible for enforcement.

A third of households in England who are defined as fuel poor because they spend a significant proportion of their income on hot water and heating live in private rented accommodation. The measures will be introduced the same month as the we get powers to regulate more houses in multiple occupations (HMO), in a bid to crackdown on overcrowding and beds in sheds.

Councillor Jean Heywood, Portfolio Holder for Housing, said: “These new regulations, alongside the changes to HMO licenses, are designed to help ensure that tenants in the private rented sector are living in decent homes.

“The sad reality is that if you are a private sector tenant, you are more likely to face high energy bills because the property you live in is energy inefficient. That can have a knock-on effect on your health and wellbeing, but it can also make it more difficult to pay your rent.

“By improving the energy rating of a property, landlords will benefit as well, as their tenants will be happier, the properties will be more attractive to rent and easier to maintain in the long-run.

“Over the next two years, we will be looking to work with existing landlords to help ensure as many homes as possible in the borough meet the new standards.”

If a property does not meet the minimum energy efficiency level, a compliance notice will be issued by the council, requesting more information.

If it is found the property breaches regulations, the landlord will be fined and details of the breach published on the national PRS Exemptions Register for at least 12 months.

Posted on Monday 12th February 2018

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