Require the Secretary of State to make regulations about the renting out of
houses in multiple occupation; to require landlords to provide energy
performance certificates to prospective tenants; to set minimum energy
efficiency standards for the letting of houses in multiple occupation; and for
Be it enacted by the Queen’s most Excellent Majesty, by and with the advice and
consent of the Lords Spiritual and Temporal, and Commons, in this present
Parliament assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:—
The Secretary of State must within six months of the passing of this Act make
regulations for the purposes of ensuring that whenever a unit in a house in
multiple occupation is to be rented out, an Energy Performance Certificate for
the whole building is made available by the landlord free of charge to any
Section 42(1)(a) of the Energy Act 2011 is amended by inserting after sub-
under tenancies which are assured tenances for the
purposes of the Housing Act 1998.”
(1) A local authority when—
(a) discharging its duty under Section 55 of the Housing Act 2004; or
(b) exercising its power under Section 56 of that Act
must require that any house in multiple occupation meets a standard of energy
efficency no lower than Energy Performance Certificate Band E.
The requirement under subsection (1) is without prejudice to the exercise of a
local authority’s powers under section 67 of the Housing Act 2004.
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In this Act—
“energy performance certificate” has the meaning given in Regulation 2(1)
of the Energy Performance of Buildings (Certificates and Inspections)
(England and Wales) Regulations 2007 (S.I. 2007/991S.I. 2007/991); and
“house in multiple occupation” has the meaning given in sections 254 to
259 of the Housing Act 2004.
Regulations under this Act are to be made by statutory instrument and shall be
subject to annulment in pursuance of a resolution of either House of
This Act may be cited as the Houses in Multiple Occupation (Energy
Performance Certificates and Minimum Energy Efficency Standards) Act 2014.
This Act comes into force at the end of the period of 2 months beginning with
the day on which it is passed.
(3) This Act extends—
(a) to England, and
(b) subject to the agreement of the Welsh Assembly, to Wales.