Council supports legislation to improve living conditions for those in private rented homes

Kirklees Council is supporting landlords of private rented homes, and their tenants, to comply with new Government safety and energy efficiency regulations.

Electrical Safety Standards in the Private Rented Sector (England) Regulations 2020 applied to new private tenancies from July 2020 and will be extended to all new and existing private tenancies from 1 April 2021.

It is estimated approximately 38 per cent of privately rented homes in England could benefit from the additional safety measures.

Under the regulations it is the responsibility of private landlords to ensure national standards for electrical safety are met. This involves getting their rented property’s electrical wiring, sockets, fuse box and other fixed electrical parts inspected and tested by a qualified person every five years.

Landlords are also required to give their tenants a copy of the inspection report.

Additionally, energy efficiency regulations have been introduced for privately rented homes from 1 April 2020 to tackle the least energy efficient properties – those rated F or G on the Energy Performance Certificate (EPC).

Under the Energy Efficiency (Private Rented Property) (England and Wales) Regulations 2015 and the Energy Efficiency (Private Rented Property) (England and Wales) (Amendment) Regulations 2019, landlords should not continue letting out any property with an energy performance rating of F or G.

Any new tenancies must have an energy performance rating of E or above.

Where a valid exemption applies, landlords should register the exemption on the Private Rented Sector Exemptions Register.

It’s expected around 10 per cent of private rented properties in Kirklees currently falling below the required EPC rating will become more energy efficient as a result of this legislation.

The Council is providing information and advice for both landlords and tenants to help local private rented homes comply with the new regulations.

Cllr Cathy Scott, Cabinet Member for Housing and Democracy said:

“This legislation helps to drive up standards of privately rented homes and improve the living conditions for tenants.

A basic standard of electrical safety and energy efficiency are priorities for any home; helping to lower the chance of accidents, reducing our carbon footprint and saving money on energy bills too.

The majority of private landlords are already taking the right action to rent their properties responsibly. However, there is a small minority who may need support to make sure their properties comply with the rules, and I’d ask them to contact the council if they need help.”

 

Failure to comply with the legislation may result in a civil penalty. The Council’s Cabinet Members approved a revised Civil Penalty Policy for Housing Related Offences at their meeting on 15 December. The policy strengthens the way in which the council tackles rogue landlords who are unwilling to support their tenants.

Support and guidance 

For support and guidance contact the Housing Compliance Team at housing.solutions@kirklees.gov.uk or tel: 01484 221350.