It's critical for landlords to comprehend how to raise their EPC ratings. You'll be better off the more you know. There has never been a better moment to increase the general efficiency of your home because of upcoming needs. Making a property more energy efficient will save energy expenses and improve EPC ratings for homeowners and landlords. Less expensive energy costs and more comfort are the advantages for tenants.
EPC requirements for landlords in London
You might have to pay more to raise your EPC rating on top of the original cost of having your house appraised and an EPC produced.
A property with an EPC rating below E cannot be rented out. Therefore, if you wish to rent out the property, you will have to pay to raise your rating.
Landlords cannot rent out or keep renting out houses with an EPC rating below E as of 1 April 2020 unless they have a legitimate exception in place. There is a list of exemptions on the official website. Your property is probably not exempt, though. In order to get a better rating, you could have to pay hundreds of pounds.
As a result, the government has set a limit on how much you can spend. This implies that the maximum amount you will ever have to spend on energy efficiency upgrades is £3,500 (including VAT).
Of However, if your house can be upgraded to an EPC E for less money, you won’t need to spend up to £3,500. You will have fulfilled your responsibility if you can upgrade your home to E for a price below the cap.
The government advises installing all suggested measures that can be implemented within that amount if upgrading your house to E will cost more than £3,500, at which point you should register for an exemption.
Since October 1, 2017, any energy efficiency upgrades you’ve made to your home are eligible for the £3,500 cost cap.
How Long Does An EPC Certificate Last?
If your house hasn’t had an energy assessment since 2007, and you’re selling or renting out your property, you might need to acquire a fresh EPC. EPCs were originally established in England and Wales in 2007. To check, utilise the EPC register. If you have made energy-saving upgrades to your house, such as installing insulation, double glazing, or modernising the electrical system, you are also free to acquire a fresh EPC at any time if you want to see if they have improved the overall rating before selling or renting out your home. It’s important to keep in mind that an increase in your home’s energy efficiency rating may increase its value, so having a new EPC in this situation is highly worthwhile.