EPC u turn for rental properties

Government u-turn on proposed EPC rules for rental homes: What does it mean for landlords and tenants?

The Government this week scrapped plans aimed at forcing landlords to upgrade the energy efficiency of their properties.

On Wednesday, Rishi Sunak announced the Government would 'soften' several green policies, including minimum EPC standards for rental homes.

Although it had not officially become law, for years, landlords have feared these mooted plans that would compel them to upgrade their rental properties to achieve an EPC rating of C by 2028.

The EPC is a rating scheme which bands properties between A and G, with an A rating being the most energy efficient and G the least efficient.

At present, all rental properties in England and Wales need to have an EPC of at least E in order to be let, unless they are exempt.

This now looks set to remain as the rule for the foreseeable future thanks to a government u-turn earlier this week.

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Posted on Tuesday, 26 September, 2023

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