EPC exemptions after spending £10k?

EPC exemptions after spending £10k?

11:39 AM, 15th June 2022, About 2 months ago 5

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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




12:00 PM, 15th June 2022, About 2 months 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 months 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...


18:03 PM, 15th June 2022, About 2 months 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 months 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 months 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!

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