The Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES) Regulations make it unlawful from April 2018 to let domestic and commercial buildings in England and Wales which do not achieve a minimum Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) rating of ‘E’.
Nearly one in ten properties currently available on the rental market could become unrentable by 2018 if government plans for new legislation go ahead, according to fresh data released by Quick Move Now.
The 2015 Energy Efficiency Regulations, passed in March 2015, set out minimum energy efficiency standards for England and Wales. These regulations make it unlawful for landlords to grant a new lease for properties that have an energy performance certificate (EPC) rating below E, from 1 April 2018, unless the property is registered as an exemption.
Families should be blocked from selling their homes if they fail to meet minimum energy efficiency standards, under radical proposals from a Conservative think-tank.
Households should also be forced to install measures such as insulation or new boilers when they carry out other home improvement works, under the proposals from Bright Blue.
A Parliamentary petition has been launched in the UK to scrap energy performance certificates for residential properties now that the country has decided to leave the European Union.
The certificates, known as EPCs, were introduced in 2007 after the Housing Act 2004 made it a mandatory requirement that an energy assessment is made on all properties listed for sale in Britain and later this applied to rental properties too.
This was done to comply with a European Directive and EPCs were seen as bureaucratic consequence of being a member of the European Union which means all countries had to introduce the certificates.
One effect of the Leave vote is that some legislation will have to be rewritten – while some measures could be scrapped.
Leading contender for legislation which would have to be rewritten are the two Immigration Acts, with their Right to Rent provisions.
Both Acts make considerable reference to the automatic acceptability of tenants with EU identification paperwork.
A contender for scrapping is the EU Mortgage Directive which means that landlords deemed to be ‘amateur’ or ‘accidental’ must from this year have regulated mortgages.
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