As a responsible Lettings Agent, we ensure that our Landlords are kept fully up to date and are aware of new Government Legislation. This month sees the implementation of steps to improve energy efficiency ratings of property within the private rental sector.
With effect from the 1st April 2016, tenants have the right to request consent from their landlords to make energy saving improvements and from the 1st April 2018, there will be a requirement for private rental property to have a minimum energy performance rating of E.
With regard to the legislation for this month, Landlords will not be able to refuse the request of consent from their tenants, without good reason. However, tenants will need to ensure that they have a way of funding improvements at no cost to the landlord, unless otherwise agreed.
It is also worth noting that this request for consent also extends to the Free Holder if the property in question is Lease Hold.
Making such improvements can be beneficial to both Tenants and Landlords; savings will be made on energy costs and a property that is energy efficient can also be an attractive prospect for potential tenants and give your property a positive impact within the market.
From the 1st April 2018 there will be a requirement for domestic private sector rental property to have a minimum energy performance rating of E. The regulations will come into force for new lets and renewals of tenancies with effect from 1st April 2018 and for all existing tenancies on 1st April 2020. It will be unlawful to rent a property which breaches the requirement for a minimum E rating, unless there is an applicable exemption.
For further information, please click here to view the details on the Government’s website. You can also ring their Energy Saving Advice Service on 0300 123 1234 (open Mon-Fri 0900-2000, Sat 1000-1400).
As ever, I am always happy to answer your questions on any aspects of the rental market, please do not hesitate to contact myself and my team on 01252 514000 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Michael Clarke, Lettings Director