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Landlords reminded of property energy and safety responsibilities

Landlords in North West Leicestershire will now need a minimum E rated energy performance certificate before renting out their homes to tenants.

The new law applies to all rented homes in the UK, and North West Leicestershire District Council (NWLDC) is keen to ensure landlords don’t fall foul of the legislation.

The Government's new Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards came into force on 1 April, and are designed to improve energy efficiency and insulation in homes. Fines of up to £5,000 could be given out to those that don’t abide by the new law.

The system ranks properties from A - the most well insulated and energy-saving homes - to G, which is the worst. The new rules apply immediately to new tenancies before extending to existing tenancies in 2020.

Landlords are also reminded that all rental properties must have a:

  • Gas safe certificate must be provided before the tenant moves in and repeated annually
  • Smoke alarm on each floor of property
  • Carbon monoxide alarm in each room with a solid fuel appliance
  • Deposit lodged in Government-approved rent deposit scheme.

Councillor Alison Smith MBE, Deputy Leader and Portfolio Holder for Community Services at NWLDC, said: “We are a green district and improving the energy efficiency in rented homes across North West Leicestershire can only be a positive move.

“This new legislation will also improve living conditions for renters, including those that are vulnerable, while also bringing down the price of energy bills. Bills in a G energy rated home can be more than twice as high as in an E rated property – this shows just how much money renters could save under the new legislation.

“If anyone has any concerns or questions about the laws around rented properties, get in touch with the team at NWLDC.”

For advice people can contact Environmental Protection on 01530 454545 or by emailing environmental.protection@nwleicestershire.gov.uk

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