11:22 AM, 23rd January 2023, About A year ago 16
Landlord association iHowz has called on the government to publish the new Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) and Minimum Energy Efficiency Standard (MEES) requirements for the private rented sector (PRS).
It says that landlords are still ‘none the wiser’ about what EPC rating will be required or when this will be published under the outstanding MEES legislation.
A target was initially proposed for 2025 for all new tenancies in the PRS to have an EPC of at least ‘C’.
And then the EPC target was to be extended to cover all tenancies by 2028.
A consultation on the EPC issue ended in January 2021 and the government has given no response to it, leading to widespread uncertainty in the PRS about what is expected from landlords.
Since August 2021, iHowz has been writing to ministers seeking clarification about the proposals.
And now the association has written to the All-Parliamentary Group on Climate Change asking them to put pressure on the government to publish the new energy obligations for landlords.
The association’s Rod Townson said: “The new SAP is expected to favour a saving in carbon emissions, rather than cost.
“Thus, anyone installing a new gas boiler to meet current SAP requirements risks being penalised under the new rating; clear guidelines are required on transitioning to the new regime.”
He added: “Given the original proposals were for the first stage of implementation to take place in 2025, this now looks unreasonable at best and would result in a reduction in the supply of homes, due to time and labour constraints, in an already undersupplied rental market.”
Before the requirements are published, iHowz wants the Department for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC) to work with the Treasury to ensure a timetable for landlords so they can organise materials and training for both fitters and assessors.
Rod added: “With the PRS representing 1 in 5 homes, it is reasonable for landlords to be supported by adequate long funding and incentives as they help bring some of the country’s oldest housing stock up to the required higher standards.”
The campaign for the release of the new MEES requirements can be found on the iHowz campaign website.