The Minimum Energy Performance of Buildings Bill, which aimed to advance the government’s energy efficiency commitments, is in doubt following the tragic death of David Amess MP.

He was the presentation bill’s main sponsor in the Commons, launching it at the same time as Lord Foster introduced a parallel bill in the House of Lords in July.

It called for all new tenancies to have an energy efficiency performance of at least EPC band C from 2025 and all existing tenancies to reach this by 2028 “where practical, cost-effective and affordable” but currently has no second reading date. The government’s energy white paper had previously set a target of 2030.

A House of Commons spokesman tells LandlordZONE that presentation bills are highly unlikely to become law, but are often a way of drawing attention to a particular issue.

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He adds: “It’s possible that another member could sponsor the bill, but nobody has done this yet. No second reading date is scheduled, and there is no realistic prospect of the bill getting debating time as it is too far down the list of business.”

DAVID AMESS mp

Amess (introduced) introduced the Warm Homes and Energy Conservation Act in 2000 and had campaigned for more accessible fuel for all since then.

During the new bill’s launch he told MPs: “I know that no government enjoys private members’ bills in reality; they always like to promote them themselves – I am not bothered about who takes the glory. Among other things, it would reduce the impact on the environment and make fuel more accessible to all in privately rented properties, social housing, new homes and owner-occupier properties.”

Many landlords believe the government’s ambition to see all rented properties raised to an energy rating of band C or above – even by 2030 – is a ‘pipedream’ unless upgrades are backed with financial and practical support rather than rhetoric. The latest funding announcement for grants to buy heat pumps has been heralded only as a good start.

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  1. This is huge news for LLs with older properties! If the need to upgrade to EPC C is delayed to 2030 (or later) that gives us breathing space in which the EPC assessment can be brought into line with decarbonising targets and we may have clarity on sensible alternatives to GCH – clearly heat pumps are not the answer.

    The rush to EPC C in 2025/8 would’ve seen a mass exodus of LLs from the PRS whereas now we may be able to find viable solutions to the upgrading of properties and their heating.

    • Exactly correct. Some of our BTL flats would need not only cavity insulation that has to be agreed by all leaseholders & thus not even possible in many cases as we’ve found in tje past when trying to upgrade a couple of flats, but also external cladding to achieve band C !

      A couple of ground floor ones we own would also need to be gutted & under floor insulation installed = impossible.

      I’m very sorry at the appalling murder of David Amess.
      But what on earth was he thinking when he proposed this legislation ?
      Not a lot it would appear.

      Besides why should rental property need to be more insulated than non rental anyway. Didn’t he like landlords or something 🙄
      What was he doing in the Tory party then ?
      Most of our flats are all electric & as you alude to, the green component of electricity generation now needs to be taken into account in the EPC rating.

      In the meantime they’re not worth the paper they’re written on

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