LANDLORDS in Wales will need to ensure their private rental properties meet tougher minimum energy efficiency standards from 1st April 2020 – but help is at hand through the Welsh Government to support landlords in making sure they comply with the law.
Domestic Private Rented Property in Wales are regulated by the Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards. An EPC rating of E or above is required on these properties in order to comply with the law.
Landlords who let out a property under a domestic short-hold, regulated or assured short-hold tenancy will be affected by the change.
Since 1st of April 2018, tenancy agreements which started or renewed after this date were required to meet the new minimum levels immediately.
From 1st April 2020, the legislation will extend to cover existing tenancies. This means any domestic rental property that falls foul of the minimum requirements will be deemed unlawful and the landlord may be subject to a civil penalty of up to £5000.
There are a number of resources available that can help landlords to comply, including schemes that may be able to support with the cost of making energy improvements to your property.
As part of the Welsh Government Warm Homes fund, the NEST scheme offers a range of free, impartial advice and, if you are eligible, a package of free home energy efficiency improvements such as a new boiler, central heating or insulation.
The requirements of the legislation are also reflected in our licence holder’s Code of Practice. Failure to meet the minimum standards, can put your licence, and subsequently, your business at risk.
Rent Smart Wales have been working to identify which properties held on their database are currently below the minimum standard. Landlords of non-compliant properties will be contacted to remind them of their duty to comply, and to offer potential help through signposting to schemes that may be able to support with the cost of making energy improvements to their properties.
Housing Minister, Julie James said:
“We want to ensure homes in Wales are energy efficient.
“The new standards introduced over the last few years will ensure people who rent their home in Wales benefit from warmer homes, which will help reduce energy costs and help protect the environment.”