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Legislation update

March 22, 2019 Kate Porter

It is important that we keep our landlords aware of relevant changes in legislation, so please see below the most recent alert from ARLA Propertymark.

From 1 April 2019, changes to the Energy Efficiency (Private Property) (England and Wales) Regulations 2015 come into force.

This means from 1 April 2019 the ‘no cost to the landlord’ exemption will no longer be available and will no longer appear on the PRS Exemptions Register.

As a result, existing properties with the ‘no cost to the landlord’ exemption will be reduced so they do not appear on the PRS Exemptions Register after 31 March 2020 (instead of after five years). The Government has said that all affected landlords will be contacted directly at the start of April.

Under the new rules’ landlords will be expected to contribute up to £3,500 (inc. VAT) per property to make energy efficiency improvements to raise a property’s EPC rating to a minimum of an E.

If the cost to achieve an EPC E exceeds £3,500, landlords will be able to register a ‘high-cost’ exemption on the PRS Exemptions Register providing that they submit three separate quotes from different installers that evidences a higher cost.

The ‘consent exemption’ will also no longer be available where a sitting tenant has refused a Green Deal finance plan.

For further details on this or  other legislation update please contact any member of the team at The Country House Company – The experts you can trust.