New EPC targets for landlords expected soon

Private landlords in the UK are bracing for a new deadline to improve the energy efficiency of their properties, with an official announcement expected next week.

Extended deadline anticipated
The Department for Energy Security and Net Zero (DESNZ) is set to clarify the requirements for private rental sector (PRS) homes to achieve a minimum Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) rating of C by 2030. A DESNZ spokesman hinted, “he would be surprised if there wasn’t an announcement next week.”

This anticipated extension provides landlords more time than the previous government’s deadlines, which set 2025 for new properties and 2028 for all PRS properties. These targets were scrapped by Rishi Sunak last September.

Labour’s manifesto commitments
The Labour party’s manifesto outlines their commitment: “We will ensure homes in the private rented sector meet minimum energy efficiency standards by 2030, saving renters hundreds of pounds per year. Nobody will be forced to rip out their boiler as a result of our plans.”

Investing in energy efficiency
DESNZ Secretary Ed Miliband emphasised the importance of upgrading Britain’s homes and tackling fuel poverty through the Warm Homes Plan. The plan includes a £6.6 billion investment over the next parliament to upgrade five million homes, aiming to reduce energy bills for families.

Miliband detailed the support measures: “It will offer grants and low-interest loans to support investment in insulation and other improvements such as solar panels, batteries, and low carbon heating to cut bills.”

Immediate action planned
Miliband reaffirmed the department’s commitment to its mission: “The job of our department will be to deliver our mission so we can make the UK energy independent, bring down energy bills for good, create good jobs, and tackle the climate crisis. We will get started right away.”

As landlords prepare for these impending changes, the new EPC targets and associated financial support are expected to play a significant role in enhancing the energy efficiency of rental properties, ultimately benefiting both landlords and tenants while contributing to the UK’s broader environmental goals.