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Are you a Landlord? Discover Landlord Boiler Legislation Truths
Do you know about the Landlord Boiler Legislation?
First introduced in August 2007, in England and Wales, the EPC gives prospective buyers and tenants an idea of the cost of running a property. They also indicate how energy efficient a property is on a scale of A to G. The EPC will also have recommendations; if carried out these recommendations make the property more energy efficient. An EPG lasts for ten years.
From April 2016 tenants can ask landlords to make the recommendations stated on a property’s Energy Performance Certificate (EPC). As a landlord, you will be legally required to carry them out.
Since April 2016 tenants have legally been able to ask landlords to carry out EPC recommendations. In April 2018 if the energy rating on a property is ‘E’ or lower then legally it cannot be rented out.
This article, “6 Important Facts About the New and Existing Regulations on Gas Appliances for Landlords” outlines the changes. It points out significant features of the law that landlords need to take care of, including making Energy Efficiency Improvements, Annual Inspections and placing Carbon Monoxide detectors, to name a few.
So what does this mean for Landlords?
Essentially, if your property is rented out and has an energy rating of ‘E’ or lower, you will have to make changes. These may include insulating windows, changing light bulbs to energy efficient ones, improving insulation or installing heating controls. You should consult your EPG to see suggested recommendations. Swale Heating also have heating tips, which may improve your property’s energy efficiency.
You may find that the best way to bring about a marked increase in your property’s energy rating is to replace an old inefficient boiler and have a new boiler installation. This is particularly the case for properties with older back-boilers. With so many options on the market, however, which new boiler installation should you choose?
Depending on your property size and existing heating system, you might want to choose from a combi, regular or system boiler. A regular boiler requires a hot water cylinder; a combi boiler does not. You can learn more about the different types of boilers here in the Swale Heating boiler-type guide.
All modern boilers as of 2005 are now condensing ones and start at around 90% efficiency. They work by using air from outside your property through a flue, rather than inside the room.
If you have an old boiler, that is inefficient (less than 86% efficient for gas and 85% for oil), then by law you will have to have a new boiler installation. Unfortunately, most old boilers are inefficient.
Our Gas Safe Registered installers can install newer modern condensing boilers in as quickly as one day from as little as £1900. We can also provide full central heating installation. Upgrading to A-rated boilers, fitting a new programmer, thermostat and thermostatic radiator valves also means you could save between £35 and £350 per annum (depending on property size and previous boiler ratings – Energy Saving Trust).
All the boilers that we install are A-rated. If you haven’t got a new boiler, it’s unlikely yours will be performing as efficiently as these. Change your old boiler for a new one, and you could also increase your property’s value.
Beat the legislation and be energy efficient.
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