Yesterday, 26th June 2018, the UK government published a list of new guides aimed at tenants, landlords and letting agents which will help them to know more about their rights and responsibilities.
The aim of the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government is to crack down on poor practice by a small number of landlords. The purpose of the guides is to ensure that tenants, landlords and letting agents are complying with their legal responsibilities, and, therefore, the guides contain a number of checklists which all should adhere to.
Within the guides, there is a focus on the importance of energy efficiency and providing Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) information to tenants at the earliest opportunity. It also states that tenants have the permission to carry out energy performance improvements that they believe appropriate and these cannot be unreasonably refused by landlords.
The “How to rent a safe home” guide outlines that the EPC should give an indication of running costs, help identify drawbacks to the property and list improvements that have been recommended. The EPC rating must also be provided when being advertised.
Click here for more information and to access the guides in full.