The Energy Efficiency (Private Rented Property) Regulations 2015 (the Regulations) come into effect on the 1 April 2018. It will be unlawful for a landlord of residential property to grant a new tenancy of property with an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) rating below E, unless an exemption applies and has been validly registered. The key words are ‘to grant’.
Therefore, if your tenancy is granted today but the term does not start until the 2 April 2018 the Regulations will not apply.
However, if the term starts today but the tenancy agreement is not completed until after the 2 April 2018 the Regulations will apply.
Landlords will still need to get their house in order as from 1 April 2020 for domestic properties and 1 April 2023 for non-domestic property, the Regulations will apply to all lettings of property with an EPC rating below E unless an exemption applies.
If you would like to discuss the new Regulations and how they might apply to you, please email Janet Waine, or call 01252 733770.
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