Rental EPCs should be minimum B, urges think-tank

20 July 2020 | Renting

Rental EPCs should be minimum B, urges think-tank

An influential think-tank wants private rental properties to have a minimum EPC rating of B by 2030.

The Institute for Public Policy Research says: “Incentives should be matched with new regulation and enforcement actions to ensure compliance. “

Specifically for the rental sector it calls for the Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards to be gradually raised to at least B by 2030.

It wants the same minimum to be required across all private residential properties, including for owner-occupied homes, at the point of sale or when other renovations are carried out. 

For some two years it has been a requirement under MEES for any new tenancies or tenancy renewals of properties rented in the private rented sector to have a minimum energy performance rating of E on an Energy Performance Certificate. 

And from April this year this has also applied to all existing tenancies, even where tenants are staying in place. 

This post has originally been featured in Letting Agent Today.