Consultation proposes upgrading private rented homes to EPC Band C by 2030
The government department for Business Energy & Industrial Strategy has today launched a new consultation which looks at improving the energy performance of privately rented homes in England and Wales.
The main headline of this consultation is the proposal to make as many private rented homes as possible Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) Band C by 2030, where practical, cost-effective and affordable. The consultation acknowledges a clear need to improve homes in the Private Rented Sector (PRS), highlighting that the UK housing stock is generally older than the rest of Europe with the PRS having some of the coldest homes.
The government's aims to meet the statutory fuel poverty target of EPC Band C by 2030 in as many PRS homes as possible. The preferred scenario is to introduce the EPC band C minimum energy rating for new tenancies from 1st April 2025, and for all tenancies by 1st April 2028 (see figure 1). This will limit disruption to landlords and tenants, and will also encourage a 'whole house' approach to retrofit (good news for retrofit professionals).
This proposal builds on the existing PRS regulations which since the 1st April 2020 has applied a minimum energy performance standard of EPC Band E to all privately rented properties (regardless of if there has been a change to tenancy or not).
Figure 1: Preferred PRS delivery against fuel poverty statutory target
Martyn Reed, Managing Director of Elmhurst Energy welcomes this consultation and believes it is a significant step towards improving the UK's housing stock:
"As the government has acknowledged, the PRS has some of the worst performing properties with 67% of PRS homes currently rated less than EPC band C. This move to improve the energy performance of PRS homes, began two years ago with the regulations stipulating that PRS homes should meet EPC band E. Elmhurst always believed that this was just the start of the journey and are pleased to see that government are considering a tightening of restrictions to not only improve the energy performance of PRS homes but also to reduce fuel poverty. Elmhurst's Domestic Energy Assessors are well placed to help in this area, as they can identify the current energy rating of a property for landlords and property agents and can recommend potential improvements/next steps."
The deadline for this consultation is: 30th December 2020