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Minimum Energy Efficiency Law Delayed, But There’s a Catch 

Published On: February 6, 2020 at 9:52 am


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Proposed minimum energy efficiency standards have been delayed, in a move welcomed by landlords, but the delay only affects landlords in Scotland.

The Scottish parliament has decided to delay the implementation of new Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) minimum standards in order to give landlords more time to implement changes according to the Scottish Association of Landlords (SAL).

The proposed rules would see residential properties in the private rental sector (PRS) having a minimum of an ‘E’ EPC rating at the change of tenancy by October 2020 instead of April 2020 as originally suggested. Other rental properties that don’t change tenancies will have until 31st March 2022.

Landlords will face £5,000 fines for non-compliance.

John Blackwood, chief executive of the SAL, commented: “Privately rented properties in Scotland are often held to much higher standards than other types of housing so it is important that any new measures are proportional and realistic.

“The change in the timetable for landlords to improve energy efficiency standards is a sensible one, and we are also very keen to see the correct level of support for landlords to achieve these challenging goals.

“It is only proper that tenants in Scotland have the reassurance of knowing that their properties are energy efficient, their bills are reduced and that their landlord is helping to tackle the climate emergency. We are pleased that the government is allowing more time to get this initiative right.”

Are you a Landlord and Worried about April 2018?

Published On: March 23, 2017 at 9:18 am


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You may know that in April next year, 2018, the Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES) will come into effect, meaning that it will be illegal to renew or begin any lease for properties that have an EPC (Energy Performance Certificate) rating of F or G.

Are you a Landlord and Worried about April 2018?

Are you a Landlord and Worried about April 2018?

An EPC is mandatory for anyone selling or letting a property, and the rating ranges from A, which is the best rating, to G, which is the lowest.

The good news, if you are the landlord of a property with an F or G rating, being at the bottom of the scale gives you many options to improve!

A site visit would be necessary to determine the most cost efficient solutions at your property, however, the team at Polareco, which specialises in building energy advice, has put together a list of some upgrades that are both non-invasive and highly affordable:

  • Do you have open fireplaces? That will impact your EPC negatively, as you lose hot air up the chimney, even if the fireplaces are not in use. Fitting a damper to your chimney that enables the flue to be mechanically closed when not in use can earn you several points on an EPC, and be the difference between an F and E rating. The cost of a damper ranges from less than £100 to several hundred pounds.
  • Is there a hot water cylinder in your property with no or little insulation? You can earn many points by adding a jacket to it, especially if it is a sizeable cylinder (more than 130 litres), choose insulation of minimum 50mm. You can buy jackets online for less than £50, and see other customer reviews on how well it works as well as how to put it on, which is a quite simple DIY job.
  • Changing lightbulbs – From regular ones (the 40W, 60W, 100W) to LED bulbs (around 10W or less) can give you another point or two, and LED lightbulbs are easily ordered online at places like IKEA and Amazon for around £5 per bulb.
  • Add a programmer or room thermostat – This can earn you another few points. A smart thermostat like Nest costs about £200 to buy and install.

Combined, these measures are just a few hundred pounds and will reduce your tenants’ energy bills, as well as ensure you are compliant with national legislation.

Feel free to contact Polareco for more information about your specific property. They have certified domestic energy assessors, and would be happy to advise you.

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One in Ten Landlords have Lowest EPC Ratings

Published On: June 12, 2012 at 10:39 am


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Figures from the Association of Residential Letting Agents (ARLA) suggest that over one in ten landlords have properties in their portfolio that fall into the lowest Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) categories. Energy performance assessments of a home will include surveying features such as carbon dioxide emissions and potential environmental impact.

The survey of 1,500 landlords could suggest a heavy future reduction in rental properties, with new incentives proposed from the Government. From 2018, any property found to have a EPC rating of less than an E will be banned from the market.

More worryingly, the same ARLA survey showed that around 36% of landlords are not aware of the energy rating of their property.[1]

Chairman of the Residential Landlords Association, Alan Ward, has called for an increase in Landlord’s Energy Saving Allowance. At present, the annual tax allowance is £1,500, with Ward calling for this to be increased to £14,000. The allowance however is due to be scrapped in April 2015.