From April 2018 landlords in England and Wales must take steps to ensure that their rented properties meet a minimum energy efficiency standard of Band E, or get as close to it as is technically possible, using available third-party funding - meaning at "no cost" to the landlord.
Earlier this year the Government launched a consultation on a proposal to amend these domestic rules to introduce a capped landlord financial contribution element.
With a cost-cap, domestic landlords would only need to see investment in improvements to an EPC F or G rated property up to the value of that cap.
The government’s preferred cap level is £2,500 per property. A range of additional, alternative, cap options were set out in the consultation and the associated consultation impact assessment.
The summary of responses has now been published.
The formal government response will be published later in 2018.
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The Energy Efficiency (Private Rented Property)(England and Wales) Regulations 2015 establish a minimum level of energy efficiency for privately rented property in England and Wales. This means that, from April 2018, landlords of privately rented domestic and non-domestic property in England or Wales must ensure that their properties reach at least an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) rating of E before granting a new tenancy to new or existing tenants.