Landlord Association and Council partnership – Free EPC Upgrades

Landlord Association and Council partnership – Free EPC Upgrades

9:05 AM, 13th December 2018, About 5 years ago

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Since April 2018, under new measures privately rented properties in England & Wales with an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) of F to G (the two lowest energy ratings) must be improved by landlords before they can be put on the market for new tenants, and from 1st April 2020, all existing tenancies will require a minimum energy performance rating of E on an EPC to lawfully let them out (unless exemptions apply).

This is expected to cost private landlords £1,200 on average and will affect 290,000 rented properties, potentially saving tenants in homes with the lowest EPC ratings an average of £180 a year on their energy bills.

Free energy rating improvements for North Somerset Landlords

Landlords that let our one- or two-bedroom properties with a poor energy rating in North Somerset can now give their vacancy to North Somerset Council Lettings team and qualify for up to £1,000 to replace inefficient heating/install double glazing and secure up to £5,000 interest free loans, should they need to.

The offer is open ended, so local landlords in Weston-super-Mare and across North Somerset are urged to tap into these potential freebies and get their property up to standard, before the cut-off date to retain their legal letting status.

Sam Jackson, local private landlord & Director of the Weston-super-Mare, commented:

‘The NLCE enjoy a unique partnership with North Somerset Council, a true example of the council working with, rather than against, its local landlords. The latest offer to North Somerset Landlords includes grants and loans to improve the Energy Efficiency of their properties. There are a huge range of benefits to those landlords that give North Somerset Council lettings team a new vacancy, including up to £1,000 to improve the property. There is also access to up to £5,000 in grants and further funding through a local energy solutions company. What’s not to love !’

note: North Somerset Council halted plans to introduce selective licensing in some areas of North Somerset in 2016, after the NLCE opened talks with them to discuss several viable alternatives. They now run regular training days and short CPD courses throughout the year, to help buy-to-let landlords and letting agents access information and services to help them run their businesses proactively and successfully.

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