Guidance: The Private Rented Property minimum standard – landlord guidance documents

The Energy Efficiency (Private Rented Property)(England and Wales) Regulations 2015 establish a minimum level of energy efficiency for privately rented property in England and Wales. This means that, from April 2018, landlords of privately rented domestic and non-domestic property in England or Wales must ensure that their properties reach at least an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) rating of E before granting a new tenancy to new or existing tenants. These requirements will then apply to all private rented properties in England and Wales – even where there has been no change in tenancy arrangements – from 1 April 2020 for domestic properties, and from 1 April 2023 for non-domestic properties.

Original version of the Regulations

The Regulations were subsequently amended in June 2016 to postpone the dates on which the Private Rented Sector Exemptions Register will open to domestic and non-domestic landlords.

The domestic property regulations will be enforced by Local Authorities. The non-domestic property regulations will be enforced by Local Weights and Measures Authorities.

These guidance documents are aimed at landlords, Local Authorities, Local Weights and Measures Authorities and others with an interest in the private rental sector, such as letting agents and other property management service providers. The documents provide guidance and advice on:

  • Scope of the regulations: the steps a landlord should take to determine whether their property is covered by the regulations, and the steps they should take to ensure their property complies with the minimum level of energy efficiency;
  • Relevant improvements: how a landlord can identify appropriate energy efficiency improvements for their property;
  • No-upfront Cost Funding (domestic only): how a landlord can investigate availability of no-cost funding to cover the cost of improving a domestic property;
  • Cost effectiveness (non-domestic only): how a landlord can determine whether particular improvements would be cost effective to install in a non-domestic property;
  • Exemptions and exclusions: the exemptions framework and the steps a landlord should take to register a valid exemption;
  • Enforcement: the enforcement framework and the options open to enforcement authorities when policing compliance with the minimum standards, including information on fines and other penalty options;
  • The appeals framework: landlord appeals will be heard by the First-tier Tribunal, part of the court system administered by Her Majesty’s Courts and Tribunals Service; the guidance discusses the steps a landlord will need to take to lodge an appeal, and how that process will be managed.

The National PRS Exemptions Register

Where a landlord believes that an F or G EPC rated property they rent qualifies for an exemption from the minimum energy efficiency standard, an exemption must be registered on the National PRS Exemptions Register. The register service is currently running as a pilot. Landlords who wish to register an exemption for a domestic or non-domestic property as part of this pilot should e-mail the BEIS minimum standards team at PRSregisteraccess@beis.gov.uk

Guidance: BEIS Quality Assurance (QA) modelling: Excel template

Part of the BEIS range of tools and guidance to help people with Quality Assurance of analytical models. Using this template to set up your Excel model, will reduce the time for new users to familiarise themselves with the model and reduce QA time by 15%. This template provides all the mandatory logs and tables in a single document, and guidance to develop and document your model following best practice.

Guidance: BEIS Model Report Template

Part of the BEIS range of tools and guidance to help people with Quality Assurance of analytical models. This template provides comprehensive coverage of the key information to understand a model. Using the Model Report Template meets the documentation requirements of the QA Log.

Guidance: Contracts for Difference (CFD) Second Allocation Round Results

The outcome of the second allocation round was published at 07.00 on Monday 11 September, to coincide with National Grid notifying applicants of the outcome of the round. The information in the attached document includes:

  • Information on the successful applicants, as follows:
    • Project Name
    • Developer
    • Technology
    • Size (MW)
    • Strike Price
    • Delivery Year
    • Homes Powered
    • Location
  • Estimated Budget spend presuming all offered contracts are accepted (£/yr)
  • The total value of all applications originally received valued at the administrative strike price
  • Breakdown of the outcome by technology, year and clearing price
  • Maximum % saving on administrative strike price for each technology as a result of competition

There will be no information published on detail of bids (other than that set out above), or on unsuccessful projects.

The information related to successful applicants refers to contracts offered only. The contracts will be signed between developers and the Low Carbon Contracts Company (the CFD Counterparty).

Guidance: Evaluation of the European Regional Development Fund 2014 to 2020

European Regional Development Fund programme is funding for projects that create jobs and supports local growth.

There is a requirement for all ERDF grant recipients to undertake a summative assessment. The documents on this page provide the essential information needed to plan and undertake the assessment.

These documents only relate to ERDF.