Energy efficiency changes

New regulations came into force 1st April 2016

From 1 April 2016, new energy efficiency regulations will allow private tenants to request permission from their landlord to carry out certain energy efficiency improvements, such as improving heating controls or fitting insulation.

The rules, introduced under the Energy Efficiency (Private Rented Sector)(England and Wales) Regulations 2015, form part of a series of measures aimed at improving energy efficiency in the private rental sector.

Going forward a tenant can now request energy efficiency improvements in writing to their landlord, setting out how they will be fund he proposed measures – for example, whether they will be funded directly by the tenant or through an energy efficiency scheme. The landlord is not required to pay for any proposed improvement and they should not refuse permission as long as the request is reasonable.  For example they can refuse if the proposals will result in the property value being reduced by more than say 5%.   Landlords have a month to respond to the request.  Tenants will have the right of appeal.

Landlords will ultimately be required to ensure the energy rating of their rental property is 'E' of higher

Dates to note:

From 1 April 2018 landlords will be unable to issue a new tenancy for a rented property with an EPC rating of ‘F’ or ‘G’, subject to certain exemptions.   

From 1 April 2020 the restriction on renting out properties with an EPC rating of ‘F’ or ‘G’ will apply to all existing tenancies in a domestic private rented property, subject to certain exemptions.  

From 1 April 2023 the restriction on renting out properties with an EPC rating of ‘F’ or ‘G’ will apply to all existing tenancies in a non-domestic private rented property, subject to certain exemptions.