All landlords should know that their properties are legally required to have an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) before they can be let, but is your property ready for the Government’s new Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES)?
In April 2018, the new MEES will come into effect, making it illegal for landlords to grant new tenancies on properties that do not have an EPC rating of at least E – even to existing tenants.
Michael Cook, the Lettings Managing Director of Romans, says: “Landlords have just a few months to improve their property’s energy efficiency before the new regulations come into play. Taking action now will avoid any delays in the future when re-letting or renewing a tenancy.”
If your property isn’t ready for the new MEES yet, following these simple steps will help you meet the new requirements:
Check your insulation
Insulation is the key to a warm, energy efficient home. If heat is lost through poor insulation, the tenants will need to use more heating, increasing their energy usage, which will make the property less efficient and more costly to run.
Service the boiler
An old, faulty boiler is one of the most common causes of inefficient homes. It’s recommended that landlords get their boilers services regularly by a professional. Not only will this reduce the energy consumption and bills of a property, but will also ensure that the home is as energy efficient as possible.
Draught-proof windows and doors
Heat can easily escape from properties without double-glazing around windows and doors. Replacing any old, draughty windows and doors will ensure that you won’t lose heat (or cash) from your property.
Invest in LED lighting
Switching from halogen bulbs to LED or low energy lighting is a simple change that can make a big difference to a property’s EPC rating. LED spotlights use approximately 90% less energy than a traditional incandescent bulb, offering maximum brightness and minimum energy consumption.
Cook adds: “It’s important for all landlords to check the current EPC rating of the property. If they do not reach the new legal requirements for April 2018, they should act now to avoid costly void periods when their current tenancy ends.”
We remind all landlords to stick to the law and offer efficient, safe and comfortable homes for their tenants.