Moves are being made to give tenants more say when it comes to energy efficiency. Measures were introduced from 1 April 2019 in England and Wales to push landlords to improve leaky homes, requiring them to pay up to £3,500 to improve the insulation and/or heating of their property before then can rent it out to new tenants or renew an existing tenancy agreement.
These regulations were tightened last year; landlords must now make changes to the lowest energy rated homes (EPC band F and G) even when tenants are staying in place. However, despite targets to improve private homes, more than 4% are still in the lowest performing bands – that’s 213,000 residences.
It stands to reason that it’s important to have some knowledge about energy efficiency basics, and where you stand as a potential tenant. There are ways to empower yourself, right from the start.
Having a good knowledge of what’s on your Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) is where this empowerment begins. You’re legally entitled to have a look at it when renting, and if you’re not able to, that’s a first warning sign that this might not be the place for you.
Our step-by-step guide goes through exactly what you’ll find on each page of the EPC. In short, the certificate covers what energy efficiency level the property is at now, expected energy bill costs, and what improvements could do to improve the rating.
Once you’ve got the low-down on the A to Gs, you’re much more empowered to ask questions. And you should.