Energy Minister Andrew Bowie has stated during a debate in the House of Lords that landlords will have a longer wait than expected for the details of the Government’s plans to raise the minimum Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) for rented properties.
Progress on the EPC proposals has been slow since the Government launched a consultation in September 2020. Many believe the minimum standard will be a ‘C’ rating and the deadline for compliance will be 2028. It is also expected that the cost cap for improvement works will be approximately £10,000 and those landlords whose expenses exceed this cap may be eligible for exemptions.
Many landlords have complained about the delay in publishing the regulations as the improvement works required are complex, disruptive to tenants, often expensive and need long term planning. Bowie stated that a summary of the consultation responses is expected to be published this year while implying that the implementation of new regulations may still be far off.
Bowie added “We are continuing to refine the policy design to ensure that the costs and circumstances relating to energy efficiency improvements are fair and proportionate for landlords and tenants.”
“The economic headwinds that have been buffeting us, and the changing circumstances in the private rented sector in particular, have made it difficult at the minute, but as I said, we will be publishing our response – a summary of responses, anyway – this year.”
The debate also highlighted that local council will be entitled to complete mandatory inspections to enforce the new EPC rules. Non-compliance could result in fines of up to £15,000 although exemptions will be granted for properties within Conservation Areas.