If you are a landlord you will probably be aware of the changes coming into effect concerning EPCs, Energy Performance Certificates on privately rented property as from next April. Basically if you are renting out a property it will need to be rated as E or above, which means that if your property is currently rated as F or G you might have to carry out work before that date to ensure that you are liable to a fine of up to £4,000. If your property is exempt you will need to make sure that you ask your local authority to put your property on the public exemption register
If your property has a lower EPC than E and you are:
• Starting a new tenancy, including a shorthold tenancy
• Renewing a tenancy, even if you already have one with the current tenants
• If your fixed term tenancy is coming to an end
• If another family member or friend of the tenant takes over the tenancy
• If a tenancy is transferred to a different property owned by the landlord
Those landlords who have a continuous tenancy contract will have to make sure that their properties conform before the 1st April 2020. However there are some other nuances so if you want to find out more then download this official document from the Government's website or for more clarity please pop into your local branch of Intercounty.