Despite the deadline looming for many landlords to ensure their rental properties are complying with minimum energy efficiency standards, tenants are being refused the most basic of improvements.
As of 1st April 2018, all rental properties in the private sector, will need a minimum E rating on an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC). The regulations will come into action for new lets and renewals. Penalties of up to £4,000 will be issued to landlords for non-compliance.
Under current regulations, which came into force on 1st April 2016, tenants can request to carry out energy efficiency improvements, and Landlords should not unreasonably deny consent. Yet a survey reveals 58% of tenants are being denied consent to improve their home. Landlords have a responsibility to ensure their rental properties are habitable, yet millions of tenants are still living in homes with damp walls, poor insulation and in-efficient boilers.