Since 2007, nearly 18 million domestic EPCs (Energy Performance Certificate) have been submitted in England and Wales. The law as a whole emerged from a European Directive called the EPBD. After Brexit, it was taken as part of British law. We may be certain that the EPC will be there for a long time to come because the government incorporated it into its initiatives.
Each home for sale or rental in the United Kingdom must have an EPC and landlords are legally compelled to conduct an evaluation of their rental property every ten years if it is still leased out after that time. The minimum EPC rating criteria for rental buildings in the United Kingdom are changing significantly. Here, we explain what you need to do and how you can optimise the energy efficiency rating of your assets.
The government is pushing for improved energy efficiency in households as part of its goal to boost energy efficiency and attain net-zero carbon objectives. From the 31st of December 2025, all newly leased homes will need an EPC of at least Band C. Existing tenants will have until December 31, 2028, to meet this new realistic, reasonable, and cost-effective criteria. Fines for failing to have a valid EPC will also escalate from £5000 to £30,000.
According to a recent survey, landlords with properties below a “C” grade anticipate it would cost an average of £10,400 per property to achieve the needed energy efficiency. However, if this measure is not done, landlords may find themselves with a property that they are unable to lease. Landlords are concerned and perplexed by the government’s intention to make rental properties more environmentally friendly.
In most cases, EPCs are required by law. All landlords must begin to comprehend the magnitude of the anticipated changes by reviewing their properties’ present EPC certificates, the suggestions given at the time, and determining where the current areas of energy inefficiency exist.