The government has published a big 96-page manual for landlords online.
This advance guidance is for BLT and shared house landlords in England and Wales. Landlords in England and Wales must comply with a minimum energy efficiency standard for the homes they rent out.
From 1st of April 2018, landlords must make sure their properties score a minimum E rating on their Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) before they rent the properties to new tenants.
If the properties are already tenanted, all domestic let property must reach at least an E rating on the EPC before April 2020.
The guidance (download free link below) explains energy-saving improvements that are available under the Green Deal. The scheme does have an important rule: The first year’s repayments must not exceed the estimated first year saving, and the overall repayment period must not exceed the lifetime of the measures installed
The manual also explains what happens if the EPC rating of a home cannot be improved or a landlord cannot gain Green Deal funding for the work.
Valid exemptions must be evidenced with the relevant paperwork from an EPC surveyor. Valid exemptions include (but not limited to, consult the guidance):
- the landlord is unable to get improvement works done at no cost to the landlord via funding from Green Deal, Government or Local Authority grants etc
- all recommendations have been completed but the property is still not achieving “E” or better
- works will devalue the property by more than 5%.
If it is the case the property is exempt, the landlord must then list it on an exemption register which is for five years.
Landlords who want to register an exemption should email PRSregisteraccess@beis.gov.uk