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Under the provisions in the Energy Act 2011, regulations will be made no later than:
April 2016, so that residential landlords will not be able to unreasonably refuse requests from their tenants for consent to energy efficiency improvements, where financial support is available; and
April 2018, so that all private rented properties must be brought up to a minimum energy efficiency standard, likely to be set at ‘E’.
Local authorities will enforce the domestic minimum standard regulations, with the ability to impose a civil fine of up to £5,000. Trading Standards will enforce the minimum standards in the non-domestic sector; the level of civil penalty will be defined in secondary legislation. We expect that the EPC database will be a key inspection mechanism as it will show the EPC rating of properties in the local area.