An Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) from an accredited assessor is needed whenever a property is built, sold, or rented. In a block of flats, each apartment needs its own EPC.
An EPC gives a property an energy efficiency rating from A (most efficient) to G (least efficient) and is valid for 10 years. It includes information about a property’s energy use and typical energy costs and recommendations about how to reduce energy use.
While there is no minimum EPC for selling a property, lower energy efficiency ratings can be seen as a negative selling point in times of high-energy costs.
Minimum EPC ratings for rental properties
It is already the case that a property can only be let if it achieves an EPC rating of E or better. The minimum energy efficiency standards apply to all existing lets as well as older.
It was expected that the domestic Minimum Energy Efficiency Standard (MEES) would be updated and that the minimum EPC rating for let properties will be raised from E to C from 1st April 2025 for new tenancies and from 1st April 2028 for existing tenancies.
However, Rishi Sunak has since announced that new policies forcing landlords to upgrade the energy efficiency of their properties will be scrapped. The government wants to “encourage households to do so where they can”.
Energy saving tips
1. Update your lightbulbs
Replace any old bulbs with more energy efficient options, such as LED bulbs instead of halogen.
2. Don’t leave electrical items on standby
Use smart plugs to allow you to control what’s powered on by your smartphone. This can allow you to check you’ve not left anything on by accident.
3. Install a smart thermostat
Using a smart thermostat can allow you to turn the heating up or down via an app on your smartphone.
4. Check if your windows are due an upgrade
Making use of energy-efficient windows that effectively retain heat and prevent drafts can have a significant impact. Making use of energy-efficient windows that effectively retain heat and prevent drafts can have a significant impact.
5. Use insulating curtains
Your choice of curtains or blinds can also have an impact. Certain types can help to minimise heat loss during winter, resulting in a warmer home. Additionally, keeping them closed during daytime in the summer can help to prevent excessive heat build-up in your home.
Are you suitably insured?
Landlords can have specific buildings insurance needs. Check with your insurer to find out if you have suitable insurance for a residential let flat.
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