Citizens Advice Cornwall is reminding landlords of domestic properties that they must meet new energy efficiency standards by 1 April.
The Minimum Energy Efficiency Standard legislation was introduced in 2015 for buildings with tenancies. From 2018 landlords were prohibited from granting new tenancies for properties with an Energy Performance Certificate rating below E. From 1 April 2020, all existing tenancies which require an EPC will need to have a minimum E rating.
Local authorities can enforce compliance and non-compliant landlords could face a penalty of up to £4,000.
CA Cornwall Chief Executive, Gill Pipkin, said:
“The law is changing soon and, if they haven’t already, landlords of private domestic properties must take steps to make sure that homes they rent are energy efficient.
“By April 2020 any landlord who owns a property with an EPC rating of F or below will no longer be able to rent it out to a new tenant or renew an existing contract. Energy inefficient domestic properties, will no longer be able to be lawfully rented.
“The rentability of their property will be severely affected and if they receive a penalty for noncompliance the rateable value of their property could be increased.”
Citizens Advice Cornwall can also provide help and support to anyone struggling with heating costs or keeping their home warm, comfortable and healthy.
Gill added: “We can advise anyone who suspects their home isn’t compliant with the new Energy Performance Ratings. And we have a home visiting service to help residents tackle situations such as draught or damp and mould, bills being too high for no apparent reason and heating systems that don’t work or are broken.
“In some cases residents may be eligible for funding of up to 100% towards energy efficiency improvements such as insulation, upgrading electric storage radiators and new boilers.”
To find out more about the Warmer Homes Initiative please contact Citizens Advice Cornwall by texting the word ADVICE to 78866 or call 03444-111444.