Feb 23

Landlords – Are you ready for 1st April 2018?

Posted by gowenstevensadmin on Friday 23rd February 2018

From 1st April 2018, Landlords renting property on an Assured Shorthold Tenancy basis (“AST”), must make sure that they have a valid Energy Performance Certificate (“EPC”) in place, with a minimum of an E rating for all new lettings and renewals of existing tenancies.Landlords who do not comply with this regulation and who do not make sufficient energy performance improvements to bring the EPC rating on their rental property to E or above can be fined up to £4,000 by the local authority which serves the rental property.

By 1st April 2020, all tenancies must have an EPC with a minimum of an E rating.

An EPC is valid for 10 years from the date of issue and must be valid at the start of each new AST (including renewals to existing tenants).There is no need to renew it during the period of an existing tenancy if it expires during that time, or to renew it for any new tenancies within the 10 years in which it is valid.But as soon as you enter into a new or renewal AST after the EPC has expired, you must commission a new EPC.

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