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East Lindsey District Council has issued their first ever Civil Penalty to a local landlord under the Energy Efficiency (Private Rented Property) Regulations 2015.
The district council fined the landlord for failing to meet the required energy efficiency standard in their property.
The landlord of the property on Anchor Lane, Ingoldmells, received a fine of £1,250 as a result.of failing to comply with a notice issued by the district council’s housing standards team, requesting that the energy performance rating was improved.
Landlords of privately rented domestic and non-domestic property must now ensure that their properties reach at least an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) rating of E before granting a new tenancy.
Principal housing standards officer at East Lindsey District Council, Austen Ellis, said that these regulations were introduced to make sure tenants had enough heating and insulation available to them.
He said: ‘The regulations were introduced to ensure that tenants can live in homes with adequate levels of heating and insulation, and whilst we will always assist landlords to comply with their obligations, we will also take robust action against those landlords that fail to provide their tenants with a property that is decent and safe.’
New powers have been granted to the district council to issue the civil penalties. This has led to more than 150 properties being investigated, with several landlords being found to be in contravention of the regulations.
East Lindsey District Council has said it is now pursuing various other landlords through its enforcement process to improve the standard of their properties.
It is expected that many other district councils will also be taking similar action, so all landlords need to be aware of the energy ratings on their buy to let rental properties to ensure that they are up to the minimum EPC rating of E.