Landlords: Be prepared for new energy efficiency regulations, says Swetenhams

12 June 2017

Instruct an experienced agent

With new Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES) Regulations coming into force from April 2018, local letting agency Swetenhams is advising landlords that it’s now more important than ever to instruct an experienced, knowledgeable letting agent who is able to guide them through all such legislative changes within the lettings industry.

Under the new regulations, private sector landlords will not be able to grant new leases of properties to new or existing tenants with an EPC band rating of F or G.   Failure to comply could incur penalties of up to £150,000. Therefore, the local team is urging landlords to review the energy efficiency of their properties and ensure they meet new standards for the Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) band rating.

“Now is the time for landlords to assess their current letting agent and make sure they instruct an expert team who understands recent changes in legislation,” says Stephen Nation, Group Lettings Managing Director at parent company Sequence.  “There has been a raft of changes over recent years from Right to Rent checks to the Deregulations Act, making it essential that landlords receive expert advice and ‘MEES’ will be upon us very soon. If works need to be carried out to increase the energy efficiency of a property, it is best to give yourself plenty of time for this to take place and to get properties reassessed.”

“We are the lettings experts – we are an experienced and award-winning agency offering high levels of service and expertise,” continues Stephen. “Not only can we advise on the new EPC standards coming in and other regulations and legislation, but we provide a range of lettings services to suit our customers’ needs.  We are ARLA Propertymark-registered and members of the Property Ombudsman, Tenancy Deposit Scheme and Client Money Protection and this means we offer the highest levels of protection for our customers’ investments, and they can rest assured their most important assets are in good hands.”

Swetenhams can offer a range of lettings services and advice, from matching tenants to their ideal properties to full property management, rent collection, expanding property portfolios and insurance advice. For more information, please contact your local lettings team.



Further information:
For further information and photography please contact the press office on 01525 218 536 or email Lucy Walsh, Group PR Manager: Lucy.Walsh@sequencehome.co.uk

Notes to editors

About Sequence (UK) Limited:
The Sequence national estate agency network comprises over 300 branches trading under 11 well-known, local names.  As well as residential sales Sequence offers mortgage services, conveyancing, has a network of residential lettings offices, land and new homes centres.  It also offers a nationwide asset management service and is the UK’s largest residential property auctioneer. For more information, visit www.sequencehome.co.uk/about-us

Sequence trades under 11 well-known, local names:

Allen & Harris West, South Wales and Scotland
Bagshaws Residential   East Midlands
Barnard Marcus Within the M25
Brown & Merry Home Counties
Fox & Sons South Coast
Jones & Chapman  North West
Manners & Harrison North East
Roger Platt Home Counties
Shipways West Midlands
Swetenhams North West
William H Brown Home Counties, East Anglia, East Midlands and Yorkshire

 

 

contact our Press Office

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Sequence (UK) Limited
Cumbria House
16-20 Hockliffe Street
Leighton Buzzard
Bedfordshire
LU7 1GN
pr@sequencehome.co.uk

Lucy Walsh - Group PR Manager
T   01525 218 536
E   lucy.walsh@sequencehome.co.uk
 

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