New Private Rented Sector Energy Efficiency Regulations
This week the Private Rented Sector Energy Efficiency Regulations were laid in Parliament and the Government published its response to the associated consultation. The press notice issued is available here. The regulations are available here and the related Orderhere. The full response to the domestic consultation for the regulations can be found online here (and the non-domestic consultation response is available here).
The regulations, which will be confirmed once they have been approved by Parliament and been made into law, fulfil a duty in the Energy Act 2011, will improve the energy efficiency of privately rented properties and will mean that:
- From April 2016, residential private landlords will not be able to unreasonably refuse consent to a tenant’s request for energy efficiency improvements where Green Deal finance or subsidies are available to pay for them.
- From April 2018, private domestic and non-domestic landlords will need to ensure that their properties reach at least an E EPC rating, or have installed those improvements that could be funded using available Green Deal finance or subsidies available to pay for them, before granting a tenancy to new or existing tenants.
- These requirements will apply to all private rented properties – including occupied properties – from April 2020 in the domestic sector (and from April 2023 in the non-domestic sector).
Investing in their properties will benefit landlords as they will own more energy efficient properties that should be warmer and more attractive to tenants. But, thanks to NLA lobbying, the Government are clear there should be no upfront costs for Landlords to do this, and the regulations provide safeguards to ensure this is the case. You can find our views here.
Landlords and tenants can find out if they are already eligible for Government support schemes, such as the ECO, by contacting the Energy Saving Advice Service (ESAS) today on 0300 123 1234 or visiting www.gov.uk/greendeal.