A company based in Wales has launched a first-of-a-kind service that helps landlords work out how to most cost-effectively raise a property’s performance to EPC Band C.

Vibrant says its EPC Plus service is offered alongside the mandatory EPC that every rental property must undergo every ten years.

Each bespoke report produced by Vibrant as part of the EPC Plus service details the current and potential EPC rating, how it compares with the average for the area, the CO2 produced by the property each year and the CO2 savings that could be achieved.

The report itself has been designed to be simple to understand, with clear and concise advice on what upgrades and improvements are recommended, as well as information on multiple sources of funding that may be available.

Services like are ‘nice to have’ but the government’s proposals to force all landlords to bring their properties up to a Band C by 2025 for new tenancies and the remainder by 2028 will make it a pressing and expensive issue for millions of landlords very soon.

These proposals as they currently stand will impact an estimated 3.2 million landlords whose properties have an EPC rating of D or below.

“The increased attention on improving the performance of the UK housing stock means that in the coming years landlords will be under greater pressure to make improvements that will bring down energy usage,” says Daniel Kittow, MD of Vibrant.

“Our EPC Plus Service will provide them with a complete overview of the current performance alongside clear and targeted recommendations, allowing proactive improvement and management of each property.”

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    • Until the government of the day changes how the epc algorithm calculates the epc rating & then many will be back to square one to get to a B or C or whatever the latest target is.

  1. No wonder there are less and less rental properties….everyone is selling up due to the ridiculous assault on private landlords. The government will eventually wake up to the massive issues they’ve caused with all of these ridiculous regulations

  2. I looked at the EPC of a property for sale only today. It was a D. There were 4 recommendations to get it to a C. All seem utterly stupid. The underfloor insulation had a 200 year payback and the solar panels 30 years, even though solar panels have a life expectancy of less than that and will be totally obsolete long before that, when they will have to be scrapped at a cost to the environment as well as financially. The lunatics are running the asylum in our government.

  3. There is NO climate crisis.

    Now there might be a climate crisis for humans.

    But the world DOESN’T care.

    It’s climate has always changed and always will over geological time.

    There is NOTHING man can do to change the climate.

    Millions of years ago the climate was tropical and sea levels were 200 ft higher than today.

    To think that forcing ANY property owner would be able to change the climate by making a property thermally efficient is for the birds!!!

    The whole EPC regime is a fantasy.

    Of course there is nothing wrong in making any property energy efficient but it should NOT be required by regulation.

    If for example LL wish to provide an offer that facilitates an energy efficient property that is their choice.

    Tenants are able to CHOOSE which properties they might wish to rent.

    They may CHOOSE to avoid less energy efficient rent property as would be their prerogative.

    LL therefore might need to enhance their offer to be able to achieve higher rents.

    No property owner should be compelled to enhance their properties.

    Net Zero is a ridiculous concept.

    Exploitation of fossil fuels should be expanded and continued.

    If it is good enough for homeowners to live in property that ISN’T subject to stupid EPC regulations then neither should ANY L be.

  4. Unfortunately the whole EPC “system” is farcical. Many of my properties are in Wales and are of solid stone construction and, because of measures such as Condensing boilers plus TRV’s on radiators, DG UPVC windows and doors, good levels of loft insulation, insulation in flat roof areas etc, most have a “D” rating on their EPCs. However, as a result of the 10 year criteria, I have just had one of my properties re-assessed. Previously it achieved a “D” with a “rating” of 66 which, with the ratings for a “D” being between 55 and 68 (“C” commencing at 69) led one to consider that, with improvements made since that time with a more modern condensing boiler installed in recent times and improvements in the insulation levels the rating might improve further but no, the rating it now has is 60.
    Looking at the “certificate” there are 2 aspects that are of major concern – and which do need to be addressed by those who are meant to oversee this whole charade of EPC’s – they are;
    Firstly. As has been mentioned by others the improvement measures listed are stated in this order. 1) Flat roof or sloping ceiling insulation – which the property already has in place because I installed during its refurbishment – but it is assumed to not be installed for the certificate!. 2) Cavity wall insulation – there are no cavity walls associated with this house. 3) Internal or external insulation – prospective stated costings between £4K and £14K. 4) Floor insulation – prospective costings stated between £4K and £6K. 5) Overall heating system thermostat, I agree with this one and will be resolving that aspect in the near future. 6) Solar water heating – prospective stated costings between £4K and £6K. Solar photovoltaic panels – prospective stated costings between £3.5K and £5.5K.
    Secondly. There are several aspects that are assumed, and assumed incorrectly within the assessment, because the assessments are stated as being non-invasive, indeed I have other EPCs in which loft insulation has been totally ignored because the “assessor” did not investigate and “assumed” it not to be present.

    If the government or whoever is responsible for creating and overseeing this present farce wants to impose an attainment level for EPC’s at a “C” rating, then those same persons need to ensure that Landlords are not being placed at a total disadvantage by the stated criteria applied by assessors and, just as importantly, ensure that the backgrounds and abilities of those so called assessors are of a suitable level to undertake such surveys. After all, the person undertaking the recent EPC assessment referred to above, was at the property for a maximum of 10 minutes, Not a lot one can say to that.

  5. Agree. I used to be a qualified and registered Domestic Energy Assessor. I gave it up as the payments were insufficient to do the job properly. A 10 minute survey (as you experienced) would just assume worst case scenario for every aspect of the data collection and even then, assessors would make obvious mistakes including incorrect/inaccurate measuremnts.
    EPCs are not fit for purpose.

  6. Unfortunately for LL it is IRRELEVANT whether EPC are fit for purpose.

    Clearly the EPC regime is NOT fit for purpose.

    This leaves LL in a very unfortunate position.

    It means effectively that many LL need to sell off properties that would cost a fortune to reach C status.

    It is just TOUGH if dopey assessors DON’T assess correctly.

    The unfortunate net result is to leave a LL with a dud letting property.

    It is pointless retaining these dud properties.

    After 2025 all a tenant has to do is request a rent reduction or else.

    If the LL refuses then the tenants surrenders the tenancy leaving the LL UNABLE to let until the property is EPC C status.

    That the LL would not be able to achieve.

    Far better to sell these dud properties or stop letting on long term tenancies

    The way to avoid EPC is to convert to AirBnB; FHL, SA etc.

    This is what lits of LL are doing.

    It saves having to pay CGT if converting to these business models.

    Govt actions are causing LL to pragmatically avoid the AST market if they have letting properties which are suitable for other types of letting.

    Few LL would wish to be forced away from AST letting but they are left with little alternative other than to sell which may not be financially expedient.

    Apparently LL are even buying properties that AREN’T C status.

    But they AREN’T bothered as they arr not for BTL but for FHL etc.

    Different mortgages required.

    I’m surprised there seems to be a market for FHL to replace the AST one.

    But I guess the FHL is sufficiently robust otherwise LL WOULDN’T be borrowing for FHL etc.

    Perhaps the PRS will just convert to lots of FHL etc with a much reduced AST sector.

    Govt will have to introduce penal policies against FHL if it is to attempt to prevent LL moving away from AST.

    The problem is that such properties still WON’T be EPC C status so LL will just sell up.

    Govt will fail to force LL to improve to C status.

    It simply isn’t worth it for most LL.

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