Landlords need to comply with a lot of regulations, and the Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards, or MEES, is one of them. Your Energy Performance Certificate, your EPC, is an essential document, as it provides you and tenants with a snapshot of the energy-efficiency of the rental property.
You must have an EPC in place if you wish to let the property.
Be mindful of important dates regarding the EPC
As of 1st April 2018, all rented property, both domestic and non-domestic rented property, recognised as a new tenancy must hold an EPC rating of at least an E. Also, all renewal tenancies to the same tenant from this date must also comply with the regulations.
As of 1st April 2020, all domestic lettings, including existing lettings, must hold an E rating or better.
This last issue is essential for landlords. While you may not have had to comply with MEES and EPC up to this point, this will change in 2020. Therefore, any landlord who hasn’t seriously considered the impact MEES regulations, and their EPC rating, has on their ability to let property should give this matter serious consideration.
What if my EPC rating score is too low?
If the EPC rating for a rental property is F or G, landlords should look to make improvements. One of the best things about the EPC is it provides guidance and tips on how to make energy-efficiency improvements in the property.
These tips are tailored to the property, so they will be relevant. There are also many general tips a landlord can follow to increase their EPC rating. Some of these tips are expensive, such as upgrading the boiler or installing double glazing, but there are affordable ways to improve the EPC rating.
Affordable tips to improve the energy efficiency of a property include:
- Switching out traditional bulbs for more energy-efficient bulbs
- Installing loft insulation rolls if applicable
- Inserting cavity wall insulation at the property if appropriate
- Fill any cracks or gaps in window and door frames
How long does an EPC last for?
If your property already has an EPC, you may not need to arrange for a new one any time soon. An EPC lasts for ten years, and as long as there is no significant change to the property, it will remain valid. Even if a tenant moves out, there is no need to arrange for a new EPC for the new tenancy, as long as the EPC is still valid.
Of course, if the landlord improves the energy-efficiency of the property, it may be advisable to have a new EPC. If your rental property holds a higher EPC score, it can be more attractive to tenants, and you may be able to claim a more substantial rental fee each month.
If you are a landlord and you are unsure about MEES regulations or what your EPC is, please contact SC Property Management, and we’ll be happy to help you. We are pleased to say we assist many local landlords, and we look forward to helping you.