Surely I am not the only landlord worried about new EPC requirements?9:44 AM, 17th February 2021
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The first Citizens Advice article can be viewed if you click here:
“3 things we know about how private landlords work
Key findings from the government’s first survey of landlords in 8 years”
There are some important discrepancies in the above-mentioned article, which appear to be drawn from data provided by the English Private Landlords Survey (EPLS) 2018 and the English Housing Survey (EHS) 2018.
In section 3, the article states the following:
However, they are not all / always legal requirements and the above figures are misleading. The issues are outlined in the three sections below that correspond with each bullet point in the box above.
EPC Regulations with effect from 1st April 2018 required ‘new lettings’ to be in Bands A B C D or E’
The EHS 2018 survey carries the Annex Table 2.7 and Figure 2.9 dated 2017, (see Chart Ref 1 and Ref 3 below) when there was NO lower limit in force and even then, there were only 6.3% of properties in Bands F and G.
The EPLS 2018 survey was carried out in March /April 2018 straddling the date of introduction of the new regulations (see Ref 2 below). The requirement now is for a property to be in Band E or above and this took effect from the 1st April 2018 but to new lettings only. Landlords in the survey are being asked about their past lettings – so many of the relevant lettings were not subject to this new regulation. We don’t know how many properties fell below Band E in the EPLS 2018 survey because this data has not been disclosed, but it seems certain that the 6.3% figure from the EHS 2018 survey will have been reduced, possibly to zero. So something very close to, or even equal to, 100% of privately rented properties in this survey appear to have been fully compliant with the regulation at the time of the survey. (see EPLS 2018 Ch3 Annex Table 3.15 and EHS 2018)
Ref 1 – Chart from EHS 2018 Annex Table 2.9
Ref 2 – From the footnotes to the EPLS Main Report:
40 EPLS fieldwork was conducted between March and April 2018 so some landlords and agents will
have taken part in the survey before the new legal requirements came into force.
41 English Housing Survey, 2017-18 Headline Report, Annex Table 2.7,
Ref 3 – EPC Data from EHS 2018 From the Technical notes to the EHS Headline Report 2017 -2018:
So it appears that ALL the physical survey results relate to pre April 1st 2018 lettings.
Ref 4 – Pages 15 to 16 of the EPLS Survey Questionnaire 2018
One final point, the CAB article only uses landlords who are self managing – none of this data includes data for landlords using a letting agent – for which the results demonstrate equivalent, or superior compliance.
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