A council says it’s on the hunt for landlords letting properties with EPCs below the minimum standard.
Working with Exeter Community Energy, the Labour-controlled Exeter council says it wants to ensure homes across the city stay warm and energy bills kept to a minimum.
Since April 2020, landlords can no longer let a property with an EPC rating F or G unless they have a valid exemption; the council says it’s currently identifying properties being let with an EPC rating below E.
It’s also making a public appeal to anyone renting or aware of properties with F or G ratings to contact the council - although the authority insists it is “keen to engage with landlords in the first instance to offer information and support.”
However, a statement from the council goes on to threaten: “If landlords fail to engage within a reasonable time period and make necessary improvements, the council may take action, including the issuing of fines up to £5,000 per breach, per household and a notice requiring works to be carried out.”
The council suggests financial assistance to make property improvements is available through Lendology, a Community Interest Company that offers low interest loans.
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