Since 2008, UK landlords have been legally required to provide tenants with a free-of-charge energy performance certificate. Since that date, there have been numerous changes to legislation - with more likely to come. In this blog, we’ll outline the current EPC requirements, what could change, and explore how landlords can keep on top of energy improvement costs.
As of April 2023, the current EPC requirements for landlords are as follows:
Although EPC changes have not yet been announced, in Autumn 2020 the government began a consultation on the tightening of MEES rules. The proposed changes were as follows:
If you’re a landlord with a low-rated property, now is the perfect time to start thinking about energy improvements! With new regulations looming and potentially hefty costs in your future, it’s worthwhile spreading out those investments over the next two years. There are several things you can do to improve your EPC rating, such as:
EPC stands for Energy Performance Certificate. It is a document that provides information about the energy efficiency of a building, and is designed to help homeowners and tenants make more informed decisions about the energy efficiency of their property. The certificate rates the building's energy performance on a scale from A (most efficient) to G (least efficient), and provides recommendations for improving energy efficiency. EPCs are required by law for all homes that are bought, sold or rented.
The purpose of the EPC regulations is to help reduce carbon emissions and promote energy efficiency in the UK's housing stock. By complying with these regulations, landlords are contributing to the effort to combat climate change and help reduce energy bills for their tenants.
Additionally, complying with EPC regulations can benefit landlords in the long term by improving the energy efficiency of their properties, which can make them more attractive to prospective tenants and increase their value.
There are some exemptions when it comes to energy performance certificates - these include:
Although the EPC changes may seem daunting, there is good news! According to Habeo’s EPC report, over half of PRS properties across England are already rated A-C. Plus, energy performance has seen a remarkable improvement since 2017 and the trend looks set to continue.
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