Landlord Energy Performance Certificate Fine Deadline

Published / Last Updated on 02/03/2018

Landlord EPC Deadline and Fines

Are you a landlord?  The Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) deadline is just one month away with £4,000 fines for non-compliance.

According to the Association of Residential Letting Agents (ARLA) over 300,000 rental homes are still to upgrade/renovate their properties from energy performance certificate EPC F or G up to a minimum E or higher.

The deadline for landlords to comply is 1st April 2018.  That’s just 1 month to get any remedial works carried out.

Why should I bother with rental property EPC compliance?

  • It is the law.
  • From April, if you are a landlord and you have not complied, you face fines of up to £4,000.

ARLA estimates that just over 5 years ago (2012) 700,000 did not meet the standard and today, this is down to 300,000.

If you have multiple properties and have not complied, this may be a costly exercise and you may struggle to get the relevant trades in to complete any remedial works to improved the rating, insulation and performance of the property.

Why landlords should comply with minimum EPC levels?

  • Safety of tenants
  • It is the law
  • Fines of £4,000 for non-compliance
  • Long term added value
  • Lower fuel bills (for you and tenants)
  • You may be breaching your buy to let mortgage terms and conditions if you have a mortgage and are not maintaining the property
  • You may invalidate property insurances if clauses apply
  • You may not be able to secure another tenant if your current one leaves
  • You may not be able to raise additional finance or mortgages/remortgages if you need to.