Plans to reform EPCs to improve their performance
A consultation is underway as the government aims to see how Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) can be reformed.
The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy has launched the consultation to seek evidence on how EPCs are performing and how effective they are in pushing property owners to improve the energy performance of their properties, and how EPCs perform against the ‘attributes’ of quality and availability.
Responses are now being accepted until 19th October 2018, when the consultation period will close. Find out more about how to submit a response here.
There is a push to improve generally the energy efficiency of properties across the private rented sector.
Since 1st April 2018, it is legally required that any private rented sector properties let out for new or renewal tenancies achieve a minimum energy performance rating of at least an ‘E’. Unless there is an exemption, it is now unlawful to let a property in such circumstances if that property has an EPC rating of F or G.
However, from April 2020, the minimum energy efficiency standards will apply to all tenancies. So, for landlords who regularly use EPCs there is a need to make sure their rental properties are as energy efficient as possible.
EPCs give property buyers and tenants information about how energy efficient the property is, and what can be done to improve its energy efficiency.
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