Regulations have been made that introduce minimum energy efficiency standards for the private rented property sector

The Energy Efficiency (Private Rented Property) (England and Wales) Regulations 2015 come into force from 1 April 2016 (in relation to a tenant’s energy efficiency improvements) and 1 October 2016 (in relation to the minimum standards).

The regulations prohibit the letting of F- and G-rated properties in the domestic and non-domestic private rented sector in England and Wales.

Properties will require a minimum energy performance certificate (EPC) rating of E by 1 April 2018 (for all new leases) and by 1 April 2023 (for all existing leases).

From April 2016, residential private landlords will not be able to unreasonably refuse a tenant’s request to make energy efficiency improvements to a property where government money is available to fund the improvements.

From April 2018, subject to certain exemptions, private domestic and non-domestic landlords are required to ensure that their properties reach at least an EPC rating of E, or have installed improvements that could be funded by government subsidies, before granting a new lease or renewing or extending a lease where there is an EPC for the property.

From April 2020, the regulations will apply to all private rented properties, including existing lettings in the domestic sector. From April 2023, the regulations will apply to all private rented properties, including existing lettings in the non-domestic sector.