Housing minister Christopher Pincher (pictured, above) has revealed plans to clamp down on landlords and letting agents who do not hold or display the minimum required EPC certificate when renting out a rented property.

Pincher says his housing ministry team is to to work with stakeholders within the private rented sector on how to better enforce EPC compliance, and also build on enforcement pilots that are already under way in partnership with local authorities.

His counterparts in the The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy have been busy too. They have been working with seven councils to test bottom-up, local authority-generated solutions to monitoring, compliance, and enforcement of the EPC regulations.

As we reported in February, this includes an initial scheme in Oxford, which BEIS is funding to increase EPC compliance.
Pincher’s comments were in answer to a parliamentary question from Liberal Democrat business spokesperson Sarah Olney (pictured).

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She asked whether his department was working with local government to assess whether lettings agencies and landlords are compliant.

Landlords have been required to hold an EPC for their rental properties since 2008 but it is only recently that the government has begun to ratchet-up the legislative pressure.

Although they need only obtain a new EPC every ten years depending on the cost, complication or potential devaluation of the work needed, landlords for both new and existing tenancies must now hold an minimum ‘E’ certificate.

The government has said this will rise to a ‘C’ for existing tenancies in 2025 and for all tenancies by 2028. A consultation is under way on this and landlords can input into it.

But while this is all well documented, enforcement – as in all areas of the PRS – is less certain.

A survey by the i-newspaper in October via Freedom of Information requests found that just 6% of the 238 councils it canvassed had taken any enforcement action over EPCs.

Read the official guidance or property marketing and EPCs.





 

4 COMMENTS

  1. The whole thing is a joke. Surely if the enviroment is as important as they keep saying then every proerty in the UK should have an EPC, rented or privately owned.

  2. The EPC industry is seriously flawed anyway. I have seen many of them, and am well qualified to say this. They often contain basic errors (eg saying there is no wall insulation, when clearly there is), or make convenient assumptions to save the assessor a few minutes (eg no loft insulation, when taking a minute to look in the loft would confirm there is), or making mind numbingly stupid recommendations (eg dig up the floor and install under floor heating, a project with a 100 year payback assuming dubious figures are correct). One assessor told me that if I removed a back boiler system and replaced it with a new energy efficient combi this would not necessarily improve the EPC score, and she would need to rework the numbers to see.

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