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Landlords Need to Prepare for the 2020 EPC Deadline

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For some years now EPCs (Energy Performance Certificates) have been necessary for people looking to sell or let their property.

The next deadline relating to the energy efficiency rating of rental properties will arrive in 2020.

From April 2018, the Government imposed new energy standards (MEES) requiring that properties meet a minimum EPC rating of ‘E’ or better for new lets and renewals of tenancies.

However, a second deadline is due to be imposed from April 2020, meaning that a minimum E rating will be necessary for all existing tenancies as well, unless there is an applicable exemption.

Failure to comply with this legislation can be expensive with large fines of up to £5,000 threatened.

Landlords that suspect they may need to undertake improvements to their properties in order to meet the new EPC targets would be wise to address these issues now, well before the deadline, if they are to avoid costly voids and/or expensive fines.

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