Although regulations are yet to be announced, it is widely expected that the government will bring in legislation to improve the energy rating of rental properties up to a C band in 2025, from an E band currently.
This could mean a significant outlay of costs for landlords in order to bring their properties up to the required standard. However, there are things that landlords can start doing now in order to spread any potential cost out over the next couple of years and to pre-empt the regulations.
A landlord should look at the existing Energy Performance Certificate for their property and consider the recommendations listed to see if there are any cheap and quick ways to improve the property's EPC rating. Some improvements are simple things such as fitting LED lightbulbs and radiator valves and can make a difference to the rating of the property.
If larger works are required, the landlord can start looking at these now in order to plan works over the next couple of years. Local authorities are starting to audit and check EPCs on rental properties, so landlords need to start formulating a plan now to ensure they will be compliant.
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