Energy Efficiency Regulations

The Energy Efficiency (Private Rented Property) (England and Wales) Regulations 2015

Landlords of rented property are required to have an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) in place which details on a scale from A to G the energy efficiency of a dwelling and provides useful information on likely fuel consumption costs.

The Housing Standards Department have powers to prohibit the letting of sub-standard properties which achieve only an F or G rating. Such properties waste energy and impose unnecessary costs on tenants and the wider economy. In addition, these properties contribute to avoidable greenhouse gas emissions.

The implementation of this legislation is to be phased in over two years from April 1, 2018 to April 1, 2020, with a letting restriction applying to new tenancies; including where an existing tenancy is extended or renewed. Further details of these regulations can be found in the Energy Efficiency Regulations [185.71KB]

As part of this legislation, the department has also been given a range of enforcement powers which allow us to prohibit the use of these type of properties until such time that an acceptable rating can be achieved. The Council have also introduced a Financial Penalty Structure to tackle anyone who breaches these regulations.

Further information can be provided on this scheme by contacting us by email