EPC exemptions after spending £10k?

EPC exemptions after spending £10k?

11:39 AM, 15th June 2022, About 2 years ago 8

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I understand that should we be unable to achieve an EPC rated at C on a rental property and I’m thinking of one property in particular where the last EPC was done in 2018 when it was given an E.

We must be able to evidence that we have spent £10K trying to do so before we can apply for an exemption.

My question is: if we upgrade the storage rads now, will the amount we spend out at this point be allowable as a part of that £10K at some point down the line when we are required to reapply for an EPC?

Many thanks


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12:00 PM, 15th June 2022, About 2 years ago

I would wait until the Government publish the new EPC requirements.

Right now, we're all assuming the requirements will be a minimum of C with spending cap of £10,000 but until the requirements are published all improvements are an act of faith that this is what is required.


12:31 PM, 15th June 2022, About 2 years ago

I can't comment on the above however as a general point to achieving a higher EPC banding.. a point to consider is lots of modern flats/conversion/recent builds are opting for all electric heating/hot water. If you have panel heaters and single tariff (ie peak) water heating as opposed to electrical storage rads and on/off peak water heating (think economy 7) you will be unable to achieve a C overall rating as current EPC guidelines include a unit of electricity cost formula too, so while your heaters may be A rated, as you are using expensive on peak electricity you will be scored much lower. If you are building/refitting/renovating etc bear this in mind and fit dual tariff type equipment for future proofing....otherwise you'll be ripping it all out again in a couple of years...

Reluctant Landlord

18:03 PM, 15th June 2022, About 2 years ago

don't do anything until the last min!

Apart from the fact there is no date to determine at what point any outlay can be counted towards measures to raise the EPC, there is no clarity as to when this will apply and IF it will still be a C yet.

Too many uncertainties yet and the Govt change their mind more times than I change my socks!

Wait in limbo like the rest of us...

Jireh Homes

20:43 PM, 15th June 2022, About 2 years ago

As the legislation has not been published, high risk that any current expenditure may not be allowed towards the price cap. So advice is to hold on expending capital at present time,

Louis Simon

12:13 PM, 17th June 2022, About 2 years ago

Hold off on any works for now and good luck trying to find a tradesman with any time when the Govt finally makes a concrete decision!


10:51 AM, 6th September 2022, About 2 years ago

On a related topic, does anyone know of a good EPC inspector in the London area (or whatever they are officially called) to be able to work with a landlord to work out for each property the most cost efficient way to improve its EPC rating? I'd like to find someone who can run scenarios through their computer model intelligently to work out what would be the best strategy for improvements. It may be a tall order, and so I've even considered doing EPC assessment training myself to understand the model! Any recommendations welcome. Thanks


14:44 PM, 6th September 2022, About 2 years ago

Try Martin at Home Standards Residential

He advised on a property he had previously certified (baseline).

MEES/EPC are one of the priority issues iHowz will be discussing with the DLUHC team when we meet later this month to discuss the White Paper.



16:11 PM, 6th September 2022, About 2 years ago

Is there any update on the expected Govt. ECP report as close to 3 months since Denise asked great question.
As I want to try and replace old inefficient night storage heaters with something much less expensive to run to help my tenants through this winter sooner than later , and help me achieve improvement in ECP rating.
I had been looking at INFRA RED WALL PANELS as an upgrade but I have been advised that this will in fact reduce my ECP SCORE, even though these panels seem to be cheaper to heat rooms.
Does anyone have any info on this form of heating please?

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