The Residential Landlords Association has raised fears that 100,000 homes could have been given incorrect energy efficiency ratings when they were inspected for their energy performance certificates (EPC).

This claim is based on figures produced by the Building Research Establishment (BRE) showing that Energy Performance Certificates can be understating the energy efficiency of those homes with solid walls and un-insulated cavity walls.

The latest advice from BRE is that around 100,000 properties may have been given incorrect F and G classifications, the lowest ratings possible. This would mean that their landlords will be prevented from renting them out when new legislation comes into force after April 2018.

The RLA is now starting a campaign for greater accuracy when it comes to allocating these ratings and is now in talks with the Government on behalf of landlords over the issue.

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The news comes as deadlines for energy efficiency compliance in rental properties are announced:

  • April 2018 – by this date it will be unlawful to let out a property with an F or G Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) rating, i.e. a new let.  There will be some limited exemptions.
  • April 2020 – by this date the requirement for a minimum E rating will apply, not just to new lets but also to existing tenancies.
  • 2025 – the target is for a minimum D rating.
  • 2030 – the minimum target will be a C rating.

Richard Jones, RLA policy adviser said:

“At the RLA we have major concerns around the accuracy of EPCs, particularly as these form the basis for the new compulsion requirements imposing a minimum E banding from 2018 onwards, starting with new lets and moving onto existing lets.

“The BRE estimates that around 100,000 properties have an incorrect F and G rating so these ratings should be better than they are.

“This means some of those currently rated at the lowest banding Band G ought to be reclassified as Band F and quite a number of those that are in Band F do in fact meet the Band E requirement.

“We are making repeated representations to the Government on this issue because we firmly believe that EPCs must be accurate before compulsion is brought in.”

Mr Jones has said that landlords need to look to the future to establish the best way of implementing improvements.

He said:

“If you carry out improvements piece by piece, going first to Band E and then subsequently Band D and then onto Band C a different approach is required than if you carry out a whole house improvement to go straight to Band C from the outset.

“In the past the RLA has commissioned research to help landlords and is going to undertake further investigations once the accuracy of the EPCs issue is satisfactorily resolved.

“Energy efficiency in the private rented sector is very much in the Government’s sights at the moment and the RLA will keep our members up dated with any further developments on the issue.”

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  1. The EPC surveyors also can\’t seem to distinguish the difference between a standard plug in electric heater and the new efficient 13 amp plug in ones e.g. Haverland. There also seems to be no accounting for whether a property is mid terraced with properties above and below. Surely these won\’t leech the same amount of heat as either a end of terrace or stand alone property. They don\’t appear to allow for common sense and most of the time appear to be a tick the box exercise.

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