Government consultation to increase minimum EPC rating to band C for PRS

Government consultation to increase minimum EPC rating to band C for PRS

10:46 AM, 1st October 2020, About A year ago 100

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The Government has just released a new consultation proposing to amend the energy efficiency regulations for the PRS in England and Whales and raise the minimum EPC rating for rented property to band C.

To download the consultation document click here

The consultation proposal would also allow Councils to impose a fine on landlords of up to £30,000 for non-compliance.

This consultation seeks views on the government’s proposal to amend the Energy Efficiency (Private Rented Property) (England and Wales) Regulations 2015 (from now on referred to as “the PRS Regulations”). The proposed amendments would significantly improve the energy performance of private rented sector homes in the 2020s, in order to:

Deliver significant emission reductions, which will contribute to Carbon Budgets 4 and 5 and support a decarbonisation pathway consistent with our Net Zero 2050 target;

– Decrease bills for low income and vulnerable tenants, in support of the government’s statutory fuel poverty target;

– Increase the quality, value and desirability of landlords’ assets;

– Reduce energy bills for tenants and ensure warmer homes;

– Support investment in high-quality jobs and skills in the domestic retrofit supply chain across England and Wales;

– Provide greater energy security through lower energy demand on the grid and reduced fuel imports.

The detailed proposals for amending the PRS Regulations are set out in Chapter 1 below outlines the preferred policy scenario for improving the energy performance of privately rented homes, comprising four elements:

– Raising the energy performance standard to Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) energy efficiency rating (EER) Band C;

– A phased trajectory for achieving the improvements for new tenancies from 2025 and all tenancies from 2028;

– Increasing the maximum investment amount, resulting in an average per-property spend of £4,700 under a £10,000 cap

– Introducing a ‘fabric first’ approach to energy performance improvements.

The government strongly encourages responses by the 30th December to be submitted online using the Citizen Space link below as this supports timely and efficient analysis of responses.

Respond online at: beisgovuk.citizenspace.com/energy-efficiency/improving-energy-performance-privately-rented-home

Or Email to: PRStrajectoryConsultation@beis.gov.uk

When responding, please state whether you are responding as an individual or representing the views of an organisation. Your response will be most useful if it is framed in direct response to the questions posed, though further comments and evidence are also welcome.



Comments

by John

23:01 PM, 1st October 2020, About A year ago

This is really dire news. I have been talking about this issue coming as i thought it was 2030, but it looks like they are going for a quicker intro time.

Making a property D rated is very easy and doesnt cost that much, but to climb up to a C is much harder. The main issue is the solid walls in a lot of houses. I have 5 solid walled houses, so really i am thinking these need to be sold.

So many houses in the UK are solid walled. Can you even do external insulation in a conservation area ? Why would you want to render over a beautiful stone building ??

I need to speak to an EPC assessor to try get a proper insight on what i would need to do to make the properties achieve a C rating. All have new combi's, D/G, Loft insulation. Its just the doors which are wood, and the walls which cant be insulated. All the bulbs are low energy.

This is really bad news.

by Everything PRS

3:45 AM, 2nd October 2020, About A year ago

Reply to the comment left by John at 01/10/2020 - 23:01
If the properties are in England then you could apply for the Green Homes Grant & look to install internal wall insulation which is much cheaper than external wall insulation. If you have properties in conservation areas then internal wall insulation would probably be your best option to avoid any planning issues 👍🏼

by silversurfer2017

4:37 AM, 2nd October 2020, About A year ago

Reply to the comment left by Everything PRS at 02/10/2020 - 03:45
OK if house has got quite big rooms. Lining the walls with say 72.5mm Kingspan foil backed insulated plasterboard with with adhesive or plaster dabs is the easiest and quickest and should just about get the U value below 0.3 (the maximum allowed) but will still take at least 3 inches off that wall dimension.

by dismayed landlord

7:23 AM, 2nd October 2020, About A year ago

yes well said Dylan, its just how to do it with the tenants still in situ as no-one seems to want them. if i could get them out then i'd sell the lot and hopefully do it before the March 2021 deadline of property prices crash. But reality is i will not achieve this and therefore will be forced to remain a landlord.

by Old Mrs Landlord

8:37 AM, 2nd October 2020, About A year ago

If John's houses are brick built and have large rooms (such houses often have a bedroom which barely meets current size regulations for letting) then internal wall insulation is a satisfactory, though costly, solution. If, like the one we live in, they are constructed of solid stone with lime mortar which is designed to 'breathe', then internal insulation will interfere with the airflow, resulting in damp. Thousands of people live happily in such homes, many of which are also off the gas grid and not a few are in conservation areas. If these properties can no longer provide accommodation for tenants then parts of this country are going to have a huge homelessness problem. I am thinking of the Welsh Valleys, many seaside towns of the West of England and so on.

by Beaver

9:25 AM, 2nd October 2020, About A year ago

Reply to the comment left by dismayed landlord at 02/10/2020 - 07:23
I think a lot of people with solid-walled houses will have to kick their tenants out; unless they make it for new tenancies only. Trying to insulate an entire solid-walled house to make it from D to C is just too disruptive.

And are Councils and Housing Associations going to be made to do this?

by Dylan Morris

9:26 AM, 2nd October 2020, About A year ago

Reply to the comment left by dismayed landlord at 02/10/2020 - 07:23I wouldn’t be sure of a property price crash next year. Prices may even go up more, even if the Stamp Duty exemption is removed, (And who knows Dishi Rishi may continue with it). Bank base rates look set to be incredibly low at 0.1% for another 3 to 4 years and with huge numbers of new arrivals each year and increasing birth rate, demand for property will for sure continue to outstrip supply probably indefinitely.

by Dylan Morris

9:30 AM, 2nd October 2020, About A year ago

Reply to the comment left by Beaver at 02/10/2020 - 09:25
No the social sector will not be subject to the C rating. That’s why this blatant discrimination against the PRS (one rule for them another for us) needs to be challenged in the Courts.

by Windsor Woman

9:35 AM, 2nd October 2020, About A year ago

Reply to the comment left by at 02/10/2020 - 04:37
I haven’t seen that internal insulation - how does it work where the insulation meets with floors/skirting boards/ceiling/coving? Surely it will just leave an awful mess if the joins were left unfinished, and would punish rental and capital values - or we would have to get the finishing done at significant cost.

What about smaller bedrooms - many of which have already been lost to the PRS due to minimum room sizes. This could put more rooms under the minimum floor area and have a material adverse effect on some properties and viability.

by Julie Ford

10:06 AM, 2nd October 2020, About A year ago

There are actually two private members bills currently going through Parliament.
Both of which have been introduced for quite some time, so this is hardly breaking news.
Neither have had a second reading yet and will take time to pass through the process, that’s even if they actually get passed the 2nd reading.
Scaremongering isn’t great and very much below what this platform normally provides
Spell check wouldn’t go amiss either... unless Whales will somehow be directly effected


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