From 1 October 2008, a rented property was required to have an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) prepared by an accredited Energy Assessor and be provided to any prospective tenant. There was no need to obtain an Energy Performance Certificate for an existing tenancy. Once obtained, a certificate remains valid for up to 10 years. If a valid Energy Performance Certificate still exists when changing tenants no new certificate is required. This applies to both private and social sector landlords and tenants.
Subsequently, The Energy Efficiency (Private Rented Property) (England and Wales) Regulations 2015 (as amended) requires that private sector landlords:
- Have an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) and provide a copy to tenants whenever they rent their properties out; and
- From 1 April 2020, ensure all rented homes have at least an E rating on the EPC
(Some exemptions apply.)
The Council can take enforcement action against any Landlord who does not comply with these regulations and this may include the issuing of financial and/or publication penalty on a private landlord who breaches a duty under the Regulations.
Further Information is available:
- Enforcement policy
- Domestic private rented property: minimum energy efficiency standard - landlord guidance (www.gov.uk/guidance/domestic-private-rented-property-minimum-energy-efficiency-standard-landlord-guidance)