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Free EPC West Bromwich, Birmingham, West Midlands
Improve your Energy Performance Certificate rating. Use our letting agents or property management service and receive a free EPC. If your energy rating is low, you could receive a free loft insulation and wall cavity insulation. If you already have an up to date EPC with a good rating, you can receive a free gas inspection instead. Also as part of your rental package you will receive a free 6 months or 12 months rent warranty (insurance).
In July 2014, the Department of Energy and Climate Change released their consultation on the proposed Minimum Energy Performance Standards (MEPS) reglations. The Minimum Energy Performance Standard for an EPC to have a minimum rating of “E”.
This legal requirement will come into effect as of the 1st April 2018. There will be a requirement for any properties rented out in the private rented sector to have a minimum energy performance rating of E on an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC).
The regulations will come into force for new and renewed tenancies from 1st April 2018 and for all existing tenancies on 1st April 2020.
The legislation prohibits landlord from renting out substandard properties. In short, if the EPC rating is an F or G the landlord is liable for penalties. Energy Efficiency improvements are required before the property can be rented.
A landlord could be exempt for compliance and let a property legally with an EPC below E :
- If a third party consent is denied (e.g a tenant has denied access)
- If energy efficient improvements would have negative impact on the value of the property
- If all the improvements have been taken up by the landlord through a Green Deal finance arrangement and the EPC still falls below an E.
If a landlord considers that exemption applies allowing them to let the property below the minimum standard rating of E the landlord must register the property on the Private Rented Sector (PRS) Exemptions Register. Exemptions last for 5 years.
Enforcement of the Minimum Energy Performance Standards
The local authorities will enforce the compliance. Below are steps that the local authority will take to enforce compliance. More from this excerpt at RLA.
- Where a local authority suspects that a landlord with a property in scope of the regulations is not compliant, or has not sufficiently proved an exemption, the local authority can serve a compliance notice on the landlord requesting further information it considers necessary to confirm compliance. If it is not provided, or is provided and is not sufficient to provide compliance, the local authority may proceed to issuing a penalty notice.
- Penalties for a single offence may be cumulative, up to a maximum of £5,000. Further penalties may be awarded for non-compliance with the original penalty notice where a landlord continues to rent out a non-compliant property; however, penalties would be cumulative up to a maximum of £5,000. The landlord can be awarded a further penalty when one of the following events occurs:
- The tenant changes
- The regulatory backstop comes into effect
- The penalty regime for non compliance with the regulations will be as follows:
The penalties of not having the Minimum Energy Performance Standard
- Providing false or misleading information to the PRS Exemptions Register £1,000 and publication of non compliance
- Renting out a non compliant property for less than 3 months £2,000 which includes the cost of publication of details of the breach in the register of landlords for a minimum of 12 months.
- Renting out a non compliant property for 3 months or more £4,000 which includes the cost of publication of details of the breach in the register of landlords for a minimum of 12 months.
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