The beginning of April has seen a rush of legislation affecting the heating sector.
The Domestic Private Rented Property Minimum Standard
As from the 1st April 2018 there will be a requirement for any properties rented out in the private rented sector to normally have a minimum energy performance rating of E on an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC). The regulations came into force for new lets and renewals of tenancies with effect from 1st April 2018 and will come in for all existing tenancies on 1st April 2020. It will be unlawful to rent a property which breaches the requirement for a minimum E rating, unless there is an applicable exemption. A civil penalty of up to £4,000 will be imposed for breaches.
The current domestic regulations are based on a principle of ‘no cost to the landlord’, this means that landlords of F or G rated homes will only be required to make improvements to these properties where they can do so entirely using third party finance from one or more sources.
The ending of State aid for the Green Deal means that changes need to be made to the Regulations imposing minimum energy efficiency standards in the PRS. This proposal is designed to future-proof the regulations and make them as effective as possible, while protecting landlords against excessive cost burdens. With a cost-cap, domestic landlords would only need to see investment in improvements to an EPC F or G rated property up to the value of that cap. In the current consultation the government’s preferred cap level is £2,500 per property.
The consultation ran from 10am on 19 December 2017 to 11:45pm on 13 March 2018 and we still await a response defining the chosen option.
Changes to the Gas Safety Regulation 36
The changed regulations mean that instead of having a safety record running between specific annual dates, a new MoT style check allows landlords to carry out the work up to two months before the due date but keep the same annual check date.
In addition to this change, changes are also made if an individual appliance is replaced in a property.
Where an appliance has been replaced or added in a property, the gas safety record for that appliance may be done up to 2 months after the deadline date but this discretion may be exercised-
The Boiler Plus legislation came into force on 6 April 2018 and mandates several measures on
the installation of a new gas boiler. The new legislation encourages energy efficiency, by mandating requirements for heating systems.
For all gas boilers in England this policy requires:
a new minimum performance standard of 92% ErP – a reference list of boilers for guidance is available at 2pollard.co.uk/news
boiler interlock, time and temperature controls (programmable timer and a thermostat)
Gas combination boilers must also include at least one of the following energy saving options:
Flue Gas Heat Recovery (FGHR)
Smart thermostat with automation and optimisation