From April 2018, all privately rented properties will be required to have a minimum energy performance rating of E on an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC). Landlords will not be able to enter into any new tenancies from that date unless the property is rated E or above unless there is an applicable exemption. A civil penalty of up to £4000 will be imposed for breaches.
From April 2020 this will also apply to any existing tenancies.
This is likely to pose significant challenges given that privately rented homes are generally older and harder to make energy efficient – half a million homes in the UK fail to meet these standards.
As 10% of privately rented properties fail to meet these standards, this could leave landlords with a big headache, and a big bill.
In April 2016 it was introduced that private residential landlords were not be able to unreasonably refuse a tenant’s request for energy efficiency improvements if the property is rated F or G (but they may not have to pay for it yet).
Financial support is available, but you need to act quickly as time may be running out.
Free boiler grants for landlords
The UK Governments energy efficiency scheme’s aim is to improve the energy efficiency of the UK property stock through removing old inefficient boilers, and replacing with new A-rated modern systems.
The free boiler grant scheme is available to landlords who have tenants who are on qualifying benefits and have a boiler over fiver years of age.
If you are a landlord with a tenant with an oil or LPG boiler in a residential dwelling or park home and are looking to take advantage it is important not to delay your application as funding is limited. A key benefit for landlords is that the boiler grant is non repayable, so even if your tenant moves out after the new boiler has been installed there is no requirement for landlords to pay back the grant.
To apply for the landlord boiler replacement scheme complete the online application and we will organise for a free survey with one of our qualified installers.
How to improve your EPC rating
There are many options to improve the energy efficiency rating for a property, such as:
- Replace the boiler
- New windows
- Loft insulation
- Wall insulation
- Energy efficient light bulbs
- Draught proofing
- Upgrade heating controls
These measures vary widely in cost to install and the impact they have on the energy efficiency of the property. For a full list of improvements which can be required visit The Residentioal Landlords Association.
The choice of energy efficient measures that can be installed is extensive and potentially confusing.
There is a long list of measures with a wide range of installation costs and relative impact on the energy efficiency of the property.
Greendealshop and our installers can help guide you through which measures should be installed for the greatest impact on the energy efficiency of the property, and which ones qualify for financial support
The diagram below shows the steps you should take to improve the energy efficiency of your properties.
How can Greendealshop help?
Financial support: Greendealshop has access to financial support through the Energy Company Obligation. This government backed scheme is in place until September 2018 so landlords need to act quickly if financial support is needed.
If you or a tenant is receiving a qualifying benefit, then we may be able to provide financial support towards the energy efficient measures being installed.
Greendealshop works closely with the large energy companies to ensure these measures are installed professionally and compliantly.
We have a nationwide network of installers who have worked with us and the energy companies for many years.
All installers are checked to ensure they have all the relevant qualifications, accreditations and insurances, and the installations are audited to ensure they have been completed properly.