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Landlords should act now to improve energy efficiency of rental properties

Belvoir is urging landlords to budget and plan for mandatory changes to the energy efficiency of ...

Belvoir is urging landlords to budget and plan for mandatory changes to the energy efficiency of rental properties, due to come into effect next year.

The Energy Act 2011 introduced several changes and the ones affecting the energy efficiency of a rental property and Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) are due to come into force from April 2016

From April 2016 tenants who are living in F and G rated homes will be able to request that their landlord takes measures to improve the energy efficiency of a property,” says Dorian. “The landlord will then be duty bound to respond within a month with a view to bringing the property up to the minimum E rating.

In addition, from April 2018 it will become unlawful to let a commercial or residential property on a new contract with an EPC rating of F or G – i.e. the lowest two energy efficiency categories.

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