Getting ready for EPC legislation changes for buy-to-let properties
A change in EPC legislation is on the horizon from April 2026 for buy-to-let properties.
The changes detail that properties which are being LET must have an energy rating C to be able to setup new tenancies.
Existing tenancies prior to April 2026 have till 2028 to change the energy rating to C.
What are the current EPC requirements?
The Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards apply to all existing tenancies – not just new ones or renewals. If your property doesn’t have a valid EPC rating of ‘E’ or it cannot be legally let, and this has been in force since April 1, 2020.
The new changes are coming into place because the UK Government has identified that homes across the UK contribute about 1/5 of all carbon emissions from the country.
To help the UK reach its ambitious carbon neutrality goals, the Government has decided to focus on improving the energy efficiency of homes, especially buy-to-let properties, and new builds.
Meeting this minimum legal requirement on the horizon, means many landlords will need to think about upgrades to their properties in order to legally advertise and let their properties to tenants.
Under current UK guidelines, landlords need to update the EPC at least once every 10 years.
What will happen if you don’t follow the EPC legislation?
Not having an EPC rating that meets the minimum energy efficiency requirements could result in large fines for landlords.
According to recent survey statistics, almost 60% of homes in the UK have a D rating or lower which means this change will affect most landlords in the UK potentially having to undergo property upgrades.
Landlords will need to review their insulation in walls, floors, lofts, windows, and roofs as well as potentially install new, more energy-efficient boilers
Here are Sherratt Builders in Shropshire, we are experts in helping people to make their homes more energy efficient.
If cost is an issue, it will pay to start looking at what improvements you can start to make now to plan ahead and spread the cost. Grants may also be available too.
To discuss a project like this and how we can help, please get in touch with us 01743 791815 or 07786 268435.