As from the 1st April 2018 there will be a new requirement for any properties that are currently rented to have a minimum energy performance rating of E. The regulations will come into force for new lets and renewals of tenancies coming into place from 1st April 2018 and for all existing tenancies on 1st April 2020. It will be unlawful to rent a property which fall below the minimum E rating, unless there is an applicable exemption such as, listed buildings. A civil penalty of up to £4,000 will be imposed for breaches.
Where applicable most landlords this will mean that they will no longer be able to rent out a property with a rating of F or G after April 1st 2018. As such landlords with properties in this EPC bracket should begin preparing now for April 1st.