Landlords should be aware that it will be against the law in England and Wales to grant a new tenancy, to either new or existing tenants you’re your property doesn’t have an Energy Performance Certificate rating of ‘E’ or above.
It should also be noted that mortgage providers will no longer lend on properties that fall below an ‘E’ rating unless they have a valid exemption, which will affect all home owners if they intend to sell such properties.
If a privately rented property falls below the minimum EPC rating, a landlord will need to carry out ‘relevant energy efficiency improvements’ to bring it up to an ‘E’ or above – although you may be able to obtain Green Deal finance to do carry out the work if the property does not qualify for an exemption.
The Green Deal is a scheme designed by government to help homeowners and landlords invest in renewable energy or energy efficient products, by providing them with attractive finance, which they repay through their electricity bills.
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