Condensation and Mould in Rental Properties

Be green in 2018!

We all do what we can to ensure that our properties are as efficient as they can be, however a well-performing property is now no longer a nice to have – come 2018 making sure your property is climbing up the EPC ranking is a legal requirement.

In just two years’ time – April 2018 – it will be illegal to rent out a property with an F or G Energy Performance Certificate rating under a new tenancy agreement.

By April 2020, the minimum requirement of an E or above rated property will apply to both new and existing lets, and by 2025 all rental properties will have to have a rating of D or above. By 2030, the government have set the target that all rental properties have to be at least a C energy efficiency rating.

It may seem that this two year warning will give landlords a bit of breathing space, but making sure your property is as efficient as possible should still be a matter of urgency – by April this year, according to the new ‘Private Rented Sector Energy Efficiency Regulations’ released by the Department for Energy and Climate Change, tenants have the right to ask for consent to carry out energy efficiency improvements themselves, and you are only able refuse if their request is ‘unreasonable’.

So, what can you (or your tenants) do to help your property fit the bill and improve your EPC rating?

  • Fit seals to external doors to help keep the chill out
  • Fill gaps in floorboards and skirting with beading or sealant
  • Fit a jacket around your hot water tank
  • Ensure that lofts and wall cavities are insulated
  • If replacing your boiler, switch to a high efficient, condensing boiler.
  • Replace appliances with those that carry the Energy Saving Recommended logo.
  • Fit double glazing whenever possible
  • Use energy saving light bulbs