What is an EPC Rating?
The Energy Performance Certification was introduced in 2007, rating a property’s energy efficiency. By law, all domestic and commercial buildings available to buy or rent in the UK must have one.
The scale ranges from an ‘A’ rating being the most energy-efficient, with a ‘G’ rating being the least energy efficient. Each certificate lasts for 10 years.
What do the new changes entail?
Currently, domestic private rental properties must meet a minimum level of energy efficiency which is an EPC rating of E.
However, beginning 2025, all newly rented properties will be required to have a certification rating of C or above. Existing tenancies will have until 2028 to comply. These changes will ensure energy-efficient homes and assist in meeting the government’s net-carbon zero targets.
Who does this impact?
For landlords, unless they want to risk a fine for non-compliance or not be able to rent at all, they will be forced to improve their rating.
For properties which may have to make the jump from an E rating to a C or higher, such home improvements could be a steep investment. A few ways to improve a rating include insulating walls and the roof, upgrading the heating system to something more energy-efficient, and double or triple glazing windows to prevent draft.
On the other hand, tenants stand to benefit. A better EPC rating could contribute to lowering energy bills, increasing comfort at home, and reducing overall carbon footprint. Raising the minimum EPC rating to C or above will also help fight fuel poverty and contribute towards raising the standard of living across the UK.
Nonetheless, the proposed changes have raised concerns, given its impact on a significant number of properties and the ability of landlords to pay for such home improvements in the aftermath of Covid-19. The proposal to change the minimum EPC rating remains open for consultation until December 30th 2021.
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