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Landlords welcome government’s decision to drop EPC rating requirement, survey shows

Landlords welcome government’s decision to drop EPC rating requirement, survey shows

A recent survey conducted by Landbay indicates that the majority of landlords have welcomed the government's decision to abandon its proposal mandating all rental properties to achieve an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) rating of at least C by 2028.

According to the survey, which polled over 1,000 landlords across the UK, a significant 74% expressed support for the removal of the EPC minimum requirement. This decision has been met with relief by many landlords, alleviating concerns about the financial burden and practical challenges associated with upgrading properties to meet the specified energy efficiency standards.

However, the research also revealed that while some landlords may no longer feel compelled to undertake energy efficiency upgrades due to the absence of a legal obligation, a notable 26% still believe there is a moral duty for landlords to enhance the energy efficiency of their rental properties.

Rob Stanton, Landbay’s business development director, acknowledged the importance of improving energy efficiency but emphasised the need for practical solutions, particularly considering the prevalence of older housing stock in the UK that may be challenging and costly to retrofit. Stanton suggested that increased government assistance, such as accessible grants, could incentivise landlords to undertake necessary upgrades.

“We applaud the sentiment around trying to improve the energy efficiency of buildings, but we also need to be realistic.
“The UK has a vast amount of older housing that is difficult to retrofit and will be expensive.

Despite the relaxation of the EPC requirement, the survey found that 62% of landlords with lower-rated properties still intend to upgrade to a C rating, albeit with less urgency. While 42% plan to make changes at some point, 20% intend to upgrade as soon as possible, indicating a slightly reduced sense of urgency compared to before the removal of the EPC minimum requirement.

The primary barrier cited by landlords to upgrading properties to meet the EPC C standard is the cost and difficulty associated with retrofitting older properties. Nevertheless, a significant proportion of landlords remain committed to improving energy efficiency, recognizing the social and environmental benefits, including lower energy bills, higher rental income, and increased property value.

While the decision to drop the EPC rating requirement has been met with approval by the majority of landlords, there remains a recognition of the importance of energy efficiency in the rental sector, highlighting the ongoing need for practical solutions and support mechanisms to facilitate property upgrades.


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