New Regulations for Residential Landlords

By Cliff

Many residential landlords may not realise that since 1 April 2018, each property has to have an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) score of E or above before it can be let or a tenancy agreement renewed.

If a property’s EPC score falls below E, energy efficiency upgrades must be made before it can be let.

This new regulation, the Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES), will be extended to cover existing tenancies, including sublets, from 1 April 2023.

Some listed properties could be exempt from these new regulations if required upgrades alter the building’s character.

The penalties are substantial. If a breach has lasted less than three months, residential landlords can expect to be fined up to £2,000. If a breach has lasted three months or more, the penalty rises to £4,000 per breach.


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