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September 19, 2017 Landlords

2017 – Is your EPC coming to the end of its lifespan?

2017: the year of Donald Trump’s inauguration, the beginning of Brexit, and an early UK heatwave that made the September temperatures feel like midwinter! But what does 2017 mean for landlord law?

First introduced as part of the dreaded Home Information Pack in 2007, the EPC or energy performance certificate is an important piece of documentation that is here to stay. Along with the gas safety certificate and Government ‘How to Rent’ guide, it is a legal requirement to issue an EPC to your tenant at the start of each new tenancy, with the failure to do so being serious enough to prevent you from serving a Section 21 notice – should the need ever arise.

EPCs have a lifespan of 10 years – meaning the current year marks the expiry of those very first certificates produced in 2007. With our busy schedules and ever increasing list of things to do, it is no surprise that many of us forget about EPCs until the start of a new tenancy – but with imminent changes in Landlord legislation giving EPCs the centre stage – it may be better to have a closer look at your documentation sooner rather than later.

A lot can happen in 10 years (does anyone remember the flip-phone?!) and so if your EPC was rated in 2007 there is a good chance that things have changed. From April 2018, all new tenancies in both England and Wales MUST have a minimum EPC rating of E – so if your property has the lower rating of F or G then you cannot legally begin a new tenancy. Failure to adhere to the new rule could result in a hefty £5000 fine – so making sure your property meets the  required standard is of utmost importance.

In addition to the lower ratings, if your current certificate has a band E then we at Daisy advise you to have the new checks done in plenty of time, as a reassessment could result in a lower score – meaning you risk being unable to let your property.  You may even find that due to upgrades you’ve had in the last ten years your property could receive a higher rating, helping to attract the very best tenants.

If you don’t have your own preferred assessor, we would be happy to help out.  As always, we have knowledgeable and loyal contractors ready to assist, so please don’t hesitate to give us a call.


Liz  Giuralarocca – Kent Office

 

 


 

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