Surely I am not the only landlord worried about new EPC requirements?

Surely I am not the only landlord worried about new EPC requirements?

9:44 AM, 17th February 2021, About 7 months ago 154

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Hello, I was wondering if Property118 could shed some light on the new proposed changes to the EPC requirements – my understanding is that over the next few years 2025 onwards, properties in the PRS have to be rated a C as a minimum. Currently, has to be above an E.

My worry is that the government seems to be applying this rule to all properties regardless of age, although I think it may be different if it is listed. It is not difficult for a new property to meet the requirements of a C or about.

However, as the owner of several Victorian terraces, it is much more difficult if not impossible to get this rating. For example, we do not have cavity walls. I have done all the usual things like loft insulation, double glazing, energy-efficient boilers etc etc but other suggested improvements seem to be a lot of outlay for very little impact on the EPC.

For example, I think the only improvement that has been suggested is using solar panels, but the property is not suitable for solar panels.  I am concerned that I may not be able to meet the new requirements despite my best efforts.

Surely I am not the only landlord who is worried about this?

Is there a campaign to ask for property age to be taken into consideration?

Thank you

Su



Comments

by Old Mrs Landlord

10:29 AM, 13th September 2021, About 2 weeks ago

Reply to the comment left by Mick Roberts at 03/09/2021 - 09:04Darlington councils are directed at landlords who are breaking the law so I cannot see how landlords can object to this. Do you think it is fair on landlords such as you who have spent thousands on improving the energy efficiency of their properties to comply with regulations which have been in force for several years now, that others who flagrantly ignore those regulations should just get away with it, leaving their tenants with extremely high heating bills?
The fact that the EPC system is not fit for purpose and ratings vary from assessor to assessor does not excuse landlords who disregard the law and give us all a bad name.

by Rennie

17:50 PM, 24th September 2021, About 2 days ago

Reply to the comment left by Seething Landlord at 12/09/2021 - 00:19
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by Mick Roberts

5:31 AM, 26th September 2021, About 14 hours ago

There's a difference in breaking the law & just not being able to comply with the NEW trumped up law.
Licensing in Nottingham, many Landlords haven't paid as they just don't agree with it. I respect their decision. I think someone has to make a stand to these new laws/regs plucked out of thin air. I'm all up for need to get EPC down etc. But too many retrospective changes when we've already housed the homeless person the Council has asked us to house.
See that person u took off us 5 years ago, we now changing the rules, u got to do this & that now.

I've got many D's with already a new latest boiler & UPVC etc. I also don't want many of my houses any more. Only keeping them for tenant as it's their home of 25 years. And now they want me to spend £10k on something I don't want? It's the retrospective changes I don't like.

These Councils often ask for an impossible task & then fine u £1000's if u don't comply.

by Seething Landlord

8:29 AM, 26th September 2021, About 11 hours ago

Reply to the comment left by Mick Roberts at 26/09/2021 - 05:31
As far as I can see see, Darlington are not proposing anything new but giving warning that they propose to enforce the existing MEES regulations that have been in force since 2018 for new tenancies and April 2020 for existing ones.

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