All exemptions claimed by landlords to improving domestic properties with an EPC rating at F or G must be registered on the PRS Exemptions Register. This is an online process and does not cost anything to complete but you will need to have the correct supporting evidence available when you make your application. In addition to registering exemptions, you can also search for details of exemptions that have already been registered.
To access the PRS Exemption Register visit https://prsregister.beis.gov.uk/
It is very important that you recognise that a single property may be subject to a number of different exemptions that apply to different improvements. An exemption from one improvement does not exempt a landlord from making other relevant improvements.
Additionally, you will need to ensure that you have completed the correct processes and gathered sufficient evidence before registering an exemption. There are significant penalties for registering a false exemption on the PRS Exemptions Register.
The Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) have issued the guidance below regarding the minimum evidence required to support each type of exemption.
|Exemptions Register Information Requirements|
|Information required for all exemptions:|
|Additional Information and Evidence Related to Each Specific Exemption|
|Registering an exemption under the regulation 25(1)(b) exception – where a recommended measure is not a “relevant energy efficiency improvement” because the cost of purchasing and installing it cannot be wholly financed at no cost to the landlord (see Regulation 24(3)):|
Please Note: The government is current consulting with a view to withdrawing this exemption and replacing it with a capped cost.
|Registering an exemption under the regulation 25(1)(a) exception – where all relevant improvements have been made and the property remains below an E:|
|Registering an exemption under the regulation 25(1)(b) exception – where the property is below an E and there are no relevant improvements which can be made:|
|Registering a wall insulation exemption under regulation 24(2):|
|Registering a consent exemption under regulation 31(1):|
Please Note: Where the party who withheld consent was a tenant, the exemption will only remain valid until that tenant’s tenancy ends. When that tenant leaves the property (or after five years, whichever is soonest) the landlord will need to try again to improve the EPC rating of the property, or register another exemption, if applicable.
|Registering a devaluation exemption under regulation 32(1):|
|Registering an exemption upon recently becoming a landlord (regulation 33(1) or (3)):|
Please Note: Where a person wishes to register an exemption upon recently becoming a landlord, the exemption will last for a period of six months.