LANDLORDS in Stratford district are being warned they face a penalty if their properties fail to comply with recent energy efficiency legislation.
Stratford District Council is warning landlords that if they do not have an Energy Performance Certificate that meets the latest Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards they face a penalty notice.
An EPC provides a detailed picture of a property’s energy efficiency and CO2 emissions.
From April 2018, landlords of domestic properties have not been legally able to grant a new tenancy or renew an existing tenancy for a property with an EPC rating of F or G. This was extended to all tenancies from April 2020.
Since the regulations came into force, SDC’s private sector housing team has investigated over 1,300 properties that were perceived to be in breach of these regulations and have worked with landlords to bring properties in line with legislation.
Penalties can be issued up to £5,000 and can be applied per tenancy where the property falls short of the regulations. To date, 12 penalties have been issued for non-compliance.
SDC housing spokesperson Coun Liz Coles said: “The latest Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards have been in play since April 2020, and they apply to all existing tenancies, not just new ones or renewals. The changes are intended to make homes much more energy efficient and reduce carbon emissions.
“An EPC is not just about meeting guidelines — it’s fundamentally about quality of life and sustainability and the district council will continue to ensure that rented accommodation meets legal requirements to ensure tenants have suitable accommodation and where they don’t meet standards or aren’t maintained, penalties will be issued.
“Increasing the energy efficiency of a rental property will reduce energy bills for tenants, making rent more affordable and can increase the value of properties.”