All legally rented properties in the UK are required to provide a valid Energy Performance Certificate or EPC which will then be given to the future tenants before they move in. An EPC basically gives information to the property’s total energy cost and energy usage including suggestions on how to increase the energy performance of the property. This certificate will also gauge the property’s energy efficiency wherein A is the most efficient and G is the least efficient.
Honoring the recent changes in the legislation which enables rented properties to be more energy efficient, thus any tenant residing from a privately rented property has the right to request for energy efficiency improvements, provided there is no up-front cost the landlord is obliged and not to unreasonably discard the consent.
Also beginning from the 1st of April 2018, all privately rented properties must have an Energy Performance of at least a Grade E before any new tenants can be approved to rent or even renewing existing tenants. This will then disable all rated F or G properties from being rented.
The regulation mentioned above is extended up to the 1st of April 2020 and this is applicable to all privately rented properties it may be either an existing tenant of a new tenant. Any landlord that is unable to comply all rules and regulations will be fined with a maximum amount of £5000. Landlords are now encouraged to improve their energy efficiency to avoid rush processing at a later date.