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KEYWORD "EPCs" - 100 RESULTS
Call for Starmer to review Energy Performance Certificates

There’s a call from a prominent international building science service for the new Labour government to review the Energy Performance Certificates. EPCs...

10 July 2024

From: Breaking News

Agency worried over Rayner scrapping Section 21 “on day one”

A lettings agency which has given broad support to the Renters Reform Bill now says it’s concerned that shadow housing Secretary...

01 July 2024

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Rightmove: Rental EPCs must be improved with government help

A huge survey involving analysis of over 14,000 properties suggests an urgent need for the next government to help private rental...

26 June 2024

From: Breaking News

Energy group slams “irresponsible” criticism of EPCs and assessors

The Property Energy Professionals Association - a trade group representing accreditation schemes for energy assessors - is complaining that it’s not...

21 June 2024

From: Breaking News

Labour to ban bidding wars and high upfront rental payments

Labour has stepped up its programme clamping down on what it calls “unscrupulous landlords strangling growth.” Specifically this means ending bidding wars,...

20 June 2024

From: Breaking News

Agents join call for Radical Reform of inaccurate EPCs

Letting agents’ trade body Propertymark has backed a call by consumer group Which? for radical reforms to Energy Performance Certificates. Yesterday we...

19 June 2024

From: Breaking News

Energy Performance Certificates slammed as “inaccurate”

Energy Performance Certificates can be riddled with inaccuracies and give unhelpful advice to property owners. That’s the view of consumer service Which? Which?...

18 June 2024

From: Breaking News

Zoopla welcomes back regional agent as portal rivalry hots up

Zoopla says a prominent regional agency, Dowen, has returned to its site in a bid to ramp up its plans for...

03 June 2024

From: Breaking News

Beefed Up EPC must be priority for next government - call

Political parties should not allow the lengthy General Election campaign to delay work on a new and beefed-up Energy Performance Certificate...

30 May 2024

From: Breaking News

Surge in interest for energy efficient homes - Rightmove data

There’s been a surge in enthusiasm for energy efficient homes according to research from heat pump advocates OVO. It says that a...

20 February 2024

From: Breaking News

Experts want major reforms of EPCs and better trained assessors

The Building Research Establishment - which undertakes research, advice, training, testing, certification and standards-setting for the housing sector - is calling...

01 February 2024

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Over 90% of homes could meet EPC rating C or higher - claim

A major property industry supplier claims that the housing sector could meet government targets to improve the Energy Performance Certificate ratings for homes.  Landmark...

20 December 2023

From: Breaking News

Rental Sector Won't Become Energy Efficient without Incentives - claim

Propertymark has urged the government to do more to help the country’s most vulnerable citizens heat their homes.   Office for National Statistics...

19 December 2023

From: Breaking News

Energy Efficiency - owners all at sea over where to start

Almost two in five UK owners - landlords and homeowners - now consider improving the energy efficiency of their property an...

08 December 2023

From: Breaking News

Radical EPC rating B target demanded by business consortium

A business consortium is calling for bold measures to encourage landlords and owner occupiers to retrofit their homes, with the introduction...

24 October 2023

From: Breaking News

RICS tells Tories - do more to improve supply of rental properties

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors is launching its manifesto at this week’s Tory party conference - and improving the supply...

02 October 2023

From: Breaking News

Hot Stuff! Top agent welcomes Sunak’s eco U-turn

A leading agent has welcomed the dramatic U turn by the government on how it is to meet its net zero...

21 September 2023

From: Breaking News

Low-EPC homes already tough to sell to landlords - new survey

A new survey reveals that rental properties with an EPC rating below C are already more difficult to sell to other...

19 September 2023

From: Breaking News

Agency demands government clarity over new EPC rental targets

A leading property agency is demanding more certainty over new Energy Performance Certificate regulations.  Fisher German says the government should act now...

04 September 2023

From: Breaking News

EPC Ratings - rental sector won't improve without grants, warns legal expert

A legal expert says there is too little practical help available to transform the energy efficiency reputation of the private rental...

23 August 2023

From: Breaking News

EPCs and Energy Efficiency - Agents' five point plan for change

Propertymark has set out a five point plan to improve the status and usefulness of the Energy Performance Certificate and to...

18 August 2023

From: Breaking News

EPCs and Energy Efficiency - agents to discuss issue this autumn

A consultation setting out proposals to reform domestic and non-domestic energy performance certificates has been opened by the Scottish Government.  It feels...

10 August 2023

From: Breaking News

Energy Efficiency teach-in for agents happens tomorrow

Rightmove will host a webinar for agents tomorrow at 10:00am focused on tenergy efficiency, Energy Performance Certificates and greener homes. The portal...

02 August 2023

From: Breaking News

Stricter EPCs - Rightmove warns it could take DECADES to retrofit

A new analysis by Rightmove suggests it could take literally decades for the private rental sector to conform with stricter energy...

28 July 2023

From: Breaking News

Rishi Sunak hints at fundamental reform of EPC system

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has thrown his weight behind Housing Secretary Michael Gove’s proposals to delay deadlines for EPC improvements in...

27 July 2023

From: Breaking News

EPC targets threaten private rental sector if they are unchanged

Stricter proposals for energy efficiency under review by the government risk damaging the private rental sector if they remain unchanged. That’s the...

26 July 2023

From: Breaking News

EPC changes to rental properties to be ‘relaxed’ - Gove

Housing Secretary Michael Gove has this morning said his government should ‘relax the pace’ of EPC reforms expected from private landlords. In...

23 July 2023

From: Breaking News

Cost of compliance with new EPC rules will be huge

A new assessment of the average cost to a UK property owner of improving their EPC rating suggests it’s soared to...

30 June 2023

From: Breaking News

Big increase in ‘good EPC’ buy to let mortgage borrowing

One of the biggest lenders in the rental space - Paragon Bank - recorded a 19 per cent increase in buy...

07 June 2023

From: Breaking News

Energy efficiency targets ARE popular with rental sector - claim

According to new research from Mortgage Advice Bureau, two-fifths of landlords believe that new EPC requirements are important for the environment and will...

22 May 2023

From: Breaking News

Report identifies tenants most at risk from EPC rule changes

London’s renters are most at risk from finding their homes either being un-lettable or their landlord selling up due to the...

19 April 2023

From: Breaking News

Message to Gove: EPC rule changes “devastating” for rental sector

A lettings agency chief says tighter EPC targets will be “devastating” for the private rental sector. Ben Quaintrell - managing director of...

14 April 2023

From: Breaking News

Shamplina leads lettings forum at Propertymark extravaganza

Paul Shamplina, the chief commercial officer at Landlord Action and arguably the biggest name in the lettings sector today, is to...

31 March 2023

From: Breaking News

Speculation grows about future changes to EPCs

Speculation is growing that the deadline for the private rental sector to meet new Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards for new tenants...

30 March 2023

From: Breaking News

New tool for agents “to assess climate change risk”

A new tool is being marketed by industry supplier Landmark with the claim that it helps agents “assess climate change risk.” The...

23 March 2023

From: Breaking News

Energy Efficiency increasingly important to would-be tenants

Good EPC ratings are increasingly important for tenants when considering which properties to rent, it’s been claimed. Nicky Stevenson, managing director of...

13 March 2023

From: Breaking News

Rent rises to halve by late 2023 says market analyst

Annual rent rises that are currently 10 per cent or more are likely to halve to “mid-single digits” according to a...

10 March 2023

From: Breaking News

New EPC every three years, suggests accreditation scheme

Energy Performance Certificates must change to properly support reaching net zero, tackling fuel poverty and improving buildings, according to an energy...

02 March 2023

From: Breaking News

Rental property energy efficiency soars - new figures

There’s been a 165 per cent increase in the number of private rental homes with an Energy Performance Certificate rating of...

01 March 2023

From: Breaking News

Are EPCs reliable for estimating energy efficiency?

Shocking new research shows that Energy Performance Certificates are inaccurate at best, useless at worst, and easily rigged. A Sunday Times report...

28 February 2023

From: Breaking News

EPC changes - investors admit they need help to meet targets

A new survey of landlords has revealed a patchy record of awareness of new energy efficiency regulations for the rental sector. The...

27 February 2023

From: Breaking News

Reverse anti-landlord policies, top agency tells government

A lettings agency says it’s vital that the government reconsiders the new laws and regulations seen as attacking landlords. The Leaders Romans...

23 February 2023

From: Breaking News

Are Trading Standards officers checking your agency’s website?

Trading Standards officers check for agents’ compliance by scrutinising their websites, it’s being claimed. Agents are being warned to ensure their websites...

20 February 2023

From: Breaking News

Improving rental sector EPCs will require cash - and plenty of it…

Propertymark wants to see more energy-efficient homes, but with realistic targets and incentives to act. In its submission to the government ahead...

31 January 2023

From: Breaking News

Net Zero Targets - Why no help for private rental sector to meet them?

Propertymark is querying why there’s no help for the private rental sector to meet energy efficiency targets expressed in a new...

17 January 2023

From: Breaking News

Tax incentives best way to improve rental EPCs - claim

The government has been accused of pushing up the cost of home insulation because of a poorly timed public campaign. The National...

11 January 2023

From: Breaking News

It's War! Call for 'national mobilisation' to improve EPCs

An all-party and influential committee of MPs says the UK should be put on a war footing to improve the energy...

09 January 2023

From: Breaking News

Agents put Eco-improvements on ice thanks to economic woe

The volatile economy is forcing small agencies and other modest-sized businesses to put on hold millions of pounds of spending on...

06 December 2022

From: Breaking News

Tenants will pay more for low-carbon home - Build To Rent firm’s claim

Research released today by Legal & General, a player in the Build To Rent sector, claims that renters are willing to...

02 December 2022

From: Breaking News

Solar panel installations boom in push for improved EPCs

As energy prices have increased 70 per cent in the UK this year, so more homeowners have fitted small-scale solar panel...

17 November 2022

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People ignorant of EPC ratings despite new rental regulations

With EPC ratings now a prominent part of letting a property, with stricter government regulations likely, new research suggests substantial numbers...

16 November 2022

From: Breaking News

Change EPCs and use stamp duty to make homes greener - call

With the private rental sector stressed at the prospect of stricter energy efficiency rules in the coming years, the body representing...

02 November 2022

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Spread of Green Mortgages key to improving rental sector EPCs

Green mortgage discounts could be a key tool in helping landlords make the energy efficiency upgrades necessary to achieve an EPC...

31 October 2022

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Agents tell Truss & Co - “get realistic” over EPC rental targets

The agents’ trade body Propertymark says the government must “get realistic” over the difficulties involved in reaching Net Zero targets when...

17 October 2022

From: Breaking News

Energy Efficiency - Build To Rent player claims its homes are superior

Build To Rent operator Sigma Capital Group Limited, which markets its homes under the private rental brand Simple Life, claims newer...

03 October 2022

From: Breaking News

Truss cost of living measures will impact lettings market - agency

* Angels Media and Letting Agent Today are deeply saddened by the passing of HM Queen Elizabeth II * - The new Liz...

09 September 2022

From: Breaking News

Homes with poor EPCs - regional breakdown shows worst areas

Households living in rental properties across the North of England face the biggest financial headache from soaring fuel price rises, according...

08 September 2022

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Government backs unusual licensing scheme linked to EPCs

An extension to a private rental property licensing scheme in London has been given the green light by the government. Haringey council’s...

26 August 2022

From: Breaking News

Huge number of rented homes won’t make new EPC targets

Forty per cent of privately rented homes in England are unlikely to achieve the energy efficiency rating target set to become...

25 July 2022

From: Breaking News

EPC pledge from new Sustainable Agents initiative

Letting agencies will soon be able to calculate their carbon footprint as part of an initiative called The Sustainable Agents scheme. It’s...

12 July 2022

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New energy efficiency guide issued for private rental sector

A prominent energy industry organisation has just issued a new guide aimed at improving private rental sector properties. The Energy Saving Trust...

23 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Agents should identify homes with poor EPCs says Propertymark

Letting agents should consider how the properties they manage can become more energy efficient, says Propertymark. And they should tap into new...

01 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Agents told to encourage landlords to better energy-efficiency

Propertymark says the new boiler upgrade scheme, which comes into effect this week, is an opportunity for letting agents to promote...

26 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Buy To Lets with poor EPCs falling out of favour fast - new study

A new survey gives an indication of how quickly properties with poor Energy performance Certificates are falling out of favour in...

24 May 2022

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Warning that millions of tenants will hit fuel poverty this year

A PropTech firm is warning that well over two million private rental sector households could be in fuel poverty by the...

17 May 2022

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Rental properties become more energy efficient, say tenants

A survey conducted by financial institutions has found the first suggestion that rental properties are slowly becoming more energy efficient. A study...

09 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Energy Efficient buy to lets seen as hedge against inflation

Unsurprisingly, perhaps, buy to let investors are becoming increasingly keen on upgrading homes to make them more energy efficient according to...

12 April 2022

From: Breaking News

PropTech Safety and Eco-Compliance platform set for expansion

A fast-expanding PropTech business has opened a new office in London to serve a growing client base in the capital and...

01 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Energy Efficiency - would new builds be best for buy to let?

Energy efficiency is the hot topic in the lettings sector right now with new minimum EPC levels expected to be introduced...

28 March 2022

From: Breaking News

EPC Upgrades - Government slammed over costs of improvements

A property finance company says increased taxes and regulations for the private rental sector mean that energy efficiency improvements to raise...

24 March 2022

From: Breaking News

EPC rental upgrade costs could be much higher - warning

The costs of upgrading properties to meet new energy efficiency standards are likely to be passed on to tenants via higher...

15 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Soaring fuel bills will hurt renters and lettings sector - warning

Lower income households, often found in the private rental sector, are set to bear the brunt of the rising inflation and...

14 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Rent Controls and Stricter EPCs - virtual summits to discuss changes

A radical overhaul of the private rental sector is underway in Scotland and agents’ body Propertymark says it wants all sides...

21 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Agents Alert - years of legal and regulation changes ahead

A senior figure in an industry trade body says lettings agents are going to have their hands full dealing with legislative...

16 February 2022

From: Breaking News

PropTech supplier launches lettings compliance service for agents

PropTech supplier The Lettings Hub has launched a new Tenancy Compliance service through its pre-tenancy progression software, BOX.  The Lettings Hub says...

03 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Build To Rent investment to improve rental stock energy efficiency

One of the biggest Build To Rent operators in the UK is investing in new technology with the aim of boosting...

12 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Agents raise alarm over high cost EPC targets for rental sector

ARLA Propertymark has fired a shot across the bows of the government as it aims to improve energy efficiency in the...

02 December 2021

From: Breaking News

New EPC Regulations: Rental sector’s uphill struggle to meet targets

Just as COP26 is drawing to a close, so one of the lettings industry’s leading legal voices is warning that the...

12 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Rental sector already cleaning up its act on EPCs, suggests bank

The private rental sector is already attempting to improve its EPC results according to research from Shawbrook Bank.  From 2025 new rules...

09 November 2021

From: Breaking News

It’s green up north - councils win cash to make rental sector eco-efficient

Almost £300,000 has been awarded to a consortium of councils to improve energy efficiency in the private rental sector. York council will lead...

04 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents slam calls for mandatory register for all landlords

Two recent calls for the introduction of a national mandatory landlord register in England have been rebuffed by agents’ trade body...

27 October 2021

From: Breaking News

 Energy Crisis: Almost two thirds of homes have relatively poor EPCs

As energy efficiency becomes increasingly key for the private rental sector and owner occupiers alike, new data from PropTech firm Sprift...

19 October 2021

From: Breaking News

EPC law change may create havoc across rental sector - warning

An analysis of new government legislation on energy efficiency suggests it may lead to chaos in the private rental sector. Geospatial technology...

17 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Cash needed to help rental sector achieve better EPCs

A leading private rental trade body says only bespoke financial help can ensure the private rental sector meets government energy efficiency...

26 July 2021

From: Breaking News

New drive to make all rental properties improve energy efficiency

A Bill is being introduced into both Houses of Parliament this week which will ramp up the pressure on the private...

20 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Climate Change Targets: Agents demand cash help for rental sector

Propertymark says new figures detailing the costs of energy efficiency improvements in the private rental sector show the need for a...

16 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Big rise in energy efficiency of private rented homes says government

The latest English Housing Survey shows a dramatic rise in the energy efficiency of private rental property. Some 38 per cent of...

09 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Another buy to let mortgage lender pushing eco-friendly rentals

Yet another buy to let lender has released new products aiming to push the sector into more environmentally-friendly properties.  The Foundation Home...

07 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents beware - major change to lighting begins this autumn

Agents managing properties with halogen or high-energy fluorescent lights will have to switch in the near future. The government is to ban...

10 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Rental properties could boost EPC rating for £100 or even less

Some low-cost energy efficiency improvements to a property could boost its EPC rating according to an analysis undertaken by Rightmove. The portal...

03 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents demand radical overhaul of eco-targets for rental sector

Agents and other industry players have penned an open letter to government demanding a radical overhaul of targets for energy efficiency in the...

07 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Government must offer buy to let sector a Green incentive - call

The government’s embarrassing axing of the Green Homes Grant means there must now be a replacement to help the private rental...

30 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Building Renovation Passports - MPs want these for rental sector

An influential group of MPs has called for the replacement of “outdated” Energy Performance Certificates with new ‘Building Renovation Passports’. Currently EPCs...

23 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Global analytics firm snaps up UK agency supplier

The long-established agency marketing and services supplier ehouse has been bought by CoreLogic UK, the domestic arm of a global property...

17 March 2021

From: Breaking News

New EPC targets may stifle buy to let investment, says ARLA

ARLA Propertymark is warning the government that new energy efficiency targets for EPCs could stifle buy to let investment in future. In...

19 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Energy Fightback: Petition argues against stricter rental EPCs

An online petition is voicing opposition to government calls for ever-improving EPCs in the private rental sector.  Nottingham landlord Tricia Urquhart has started the...

08 February 2021

From: Breaking News

New property ID system aims to identify rogue buy to lets

A new property identification system which has won the backing of ARLA Propertymark and substantial parts of the industry has said...

15 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Eco-policies to dominate rental sector in 2021 predicts agency

Lettings agency Carter Jonas predicts the housing market - for both owner-occupiers and landlords - will become increasingly eco-focussed in 2021. It says...

30 December 2020

From: Breaking News

EPCs should last just five years and not 10 - property group

A collective of government appointed accreditation schemes has called on the government to do more to improve energy efficiency in the...

16 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Agent urges landlords to speak out against expensive EPC rules

Anger continues to mount over government plans to make rental properties more energy efficient, with one agent advising his landlords to make...

15 October 2020

From: Breaking News

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