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Landlords warned to take note of impending energy efficiency regulation

Landlords have been warned to take note of the upcoming Minimum Energy Efficiency Standard regulation coming into force on 1 April.

The changes mean properties where tenancies pre-date April 2018 have to have an Energy Performance Rating above E.

Asaf Navot, chief executive at proptech lettings service Home Made, said: “Given the COVID-19 crisis, it is understandable that many landlords have forgotten about the impending changes to the Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards regulation coming into force on 1 April.

“When initially introduced in April 2018, all properties marketed for let were legally required to have an EPC (energy performance certificate) rating of E or above before the commencement of any new tenancies.

“However, the legislation will shortly be extended to also cover properties where current tenancies pre-date April 2018.

“Landlord regulatory requirements have not been relaxed during the coronavirus outbreak and financial penalties for non-compliance remain enforceable, with a potential fine of up to £5,000 per infraction.

“Landlords should make every effort to ensure they are meeting at least the new minimum standards despite the logistical challenges imposed by the outbreak.

“It is vital to maintain open channels of communication with your tenants to ensure that they are not vulnerable or self-isolating before proceeding with any essential work.”