EPC rating changes for landlords 2025

More Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) changes have come into effect for landlords.

Currently, all rentals must have an EPC rating of E. With the government’s green initiatives and ambitious targets to reach net zero by 2050, landlords will be required to obtain an EPC rating of C from 2025.

What is the ECP?

When selling or renting a property, owners and landlords must provide an EPC to show how efficient the home is.

The EPC will show the following:

  • Energy bills
  • CO2 emissions
  • How you could improve your home’s efficiency

Your EPC will give you a rating from A-G. The higher the rating, the more energy efficient the property will be. So, ideally, you’d want your property to have an A-rating, meaning that your property’s energy efficiency rating is most efficient.

Once you have an EPC certificate, this will be valid for ten years. If you don’t have an ECP, you could be fined up to £5,000.

What are the new rule changes for 2025?

In 2020, the government announced changes to the Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards for England and Wales.

From 2025, all newly rented properties must have an EPC rating of C. With approximately 22% of the UK’s CO2 emissions coming from homes,* it is a welcomed regulation by many.

However, this could be quite difficult for landlords as nearly 13 million homes in England and Wales have a current EPC rating of D or below*.

What can landlords do to meet this new requirement?

If you’re a landlord and don’t have a rented property that meets the 2025 requirement, you could be worried about what you’ll have to invest in order to reach a C-rating.

According to lettingaproperty.com, this new rule could cost landlords up to £4,700**.

If you’re in a position to invest in improving your home’s energy efficiency rating, here are some tips:

  • You could upgrade your windows and doors to ensure a lack of energy loss
  • Loft insulation is a cheap and easy option for improving your property’s energy
  • Replacing your old boiler might be a dearer option initially, but energy bills and performance will improve dramatically. With the government’s ambitious target of becoming carbon neutral by 2050, this could give you a head start with the government’s ‘Net Zero by 2050’ plan. You can do this by investing in a hydrogen-ready boiler, which burns both natural gas and 20% hydrogen to generate energy. Have a look at our range of hydrogen-ready boilers here.
  • Renewable energy solutions are becoming ever more popular. With this, you could invest in solar panels. This could greatly improve your property’s energy efficiency and will decrease your CO2 emissions. Have a look at our renewables here.

We hope that this blog has cleared up a few things about the new EPC changes coming into effect in 2025.

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