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Rental EPCs should be minimum B, urges think-tank

An influential think-tank wants private rental properties to have a minimum EPC rating of B by 2030.

The Institute for Public Policy Research says: “Incentives should be matched with new regulation and enforcement actions to ensure compliance. “

Specifically for the rental sector it calls for the Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards to be gradually raised to at least B by 2030.


It wants the same minimum to be required across all private residential properties, including for owner-occupied homes, at the point of sale or when other renovations are carried out. 



For some two years it has been a requirement under MEES for any new tenancies or tenancy renewals of properties rented in the private rented sector to have a minimum energy performance rating of E on an Energy Performance Certificate. 

And from April this year this has also applied to all existing tenancies, even where tenants are staying in place. 

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    And back in the real world ..... all my rentals are band D, my own home which is newer than all my rentals still only makes a band D, if I put solar panels I still couldn’t get to B

  • PossessionFriendUK PossessionFriend

    get this right, ... and only for the PRIVATE rented sector ?
    Why does the Govt go the whole hog and ban private renting, putting over 5 million tenants on the streets. !!!

  • Matthew Payne

    There will need to be a simple exemptions register which hundreds of thousands of properties will need to be able to apply for, or the ratings on on the initial EPCs are inaccurate. Bs will simply not be possible for large swathes of stock.

    Ive just looked at the EPC on a modern 1bed flat. It has only one minor recommendation for improvement. Once done it will get a maximum potential score of 79 which is still a C. Is the inspector therefore saying that the block has been built to a sub standard EER and there is nothing that can be done to remedy it short of knocking it down and starting again? Do the government plan to make Bellway Homes responsible?


    Absolutely agree that many EPCs are inaccurate. Some because information is not available to the Assessor such as planning permissions and As Built drawings and specifications, but most because the Assessor has not taken sufficient time to collect all the necessary and correct site information. Sadly cost of EPCs to some landlords appear to be the motivating factor to get an EPC rather than quality of service and resultant EPC. Equally, auditing of EPCs is also partially at fault as the Accreditation Schemes have no requirement to visit any sites to verify data collected. All done remotely from evidence submitted by the Assessor for audit.
    Maybe it is time to up the skills of Assessors and make auditing a bit more rigorous, even making audits an independent activity from Accreditation Schemes.


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