Department for Business, Energy, and Industrial Strategy confirms April 2018 deadline for EPC rules on PRS properties
In the last week, the Department for Business, Energy, and Industrial Strategy has confirmed their forthcoming changes to EPC rules. It was stated there would be no exceptions or flinching from the April 2018 deadline. The new rules, affecting private sector landlords, aims to improve the energy efficiency of properties within the Private Rented Sector.
By April 2018, the new EPC rules will affect new-build properties owned by private landlords, and renewed tenancies. In 2020, this will be extended to all existing rented properties. Some exceptions will be granted to Listed Buildings, though landlords should make them as energy efficient as possible within planning constraints. From then on, any PRS properties should have a minimum energy rating of ‘E’. Properties with ‘F’ or ‘G’ ratings would have to be upgraded to ‘E’ or above.
Therefore, any landlords of PRS (Private Rented Sector) properties have less than a year to make the changes. So far, the Department for Business, Energy, and Industrial Strategy have yet to confirm a price cap for improvements. A figure of £5,000 per property has been mooted.
The first wave of EPC rules will affect 330,000 PRS properties across the UK. Most of which are Edwardian and Victorian properties (which Yorkshire has a great many of, in the former textile towns). 18% of the homes affected were built before 1919, and lack cavity walls.
The UK Government’s new guidelines will be published in October 2017. We at EPC Yorkshire shall be taking a look at the