The Vital Role of Accurate EPCs
As the CEO of EPC Choice, I understand the paramount importance of Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) for landlords and the property market. . In this article, I will shed light on the significance of accurate EPCs and their impact on both landlords and the first-time buyer market.
**The Current State of Low EPC Rated Homes:**
The decision by the government to effectively postpone the 2025/2028 deadline for higher EPC standards on rented properties has raised questions about the future of low EPC rated homes. While this decision keeps the supply stable, it's essential to consider the broader benefits of higher EPC levels. These benefits include improved energy efficiency, potentially lower energy bills for tenants, and access to cost-effective green mortgages for landlords.
At EPC Choice, we believe that maintaining a healthy supply of rental properties is crucial, but we must not lose sight of our environmental responsibilities. It's imperative that we, as an industry, continue to innovate, educate, and collaborate with stakeholders to help landlords make the necessary property improvements.
**The Energy Efficiency Imperative:**
In recent years, we've witnessed the impact of an energy crisis on utility bills. Every household has a duty to focus on energy-efficient practices. Additionally, carbon emissions from UK properties are significant contributors to the country's emissions, demanding attention.
I anticipate that acquisitive landlords will show interest in purchasing properties below 'C' ratings from those looking to sell. These new owners can undertake the necessary energy-efficient upgrades, making them eligible for green mortgages.
Properties above 'C' ratings are expected to be more in demand among tenants due to the cost savings they offer. It's crucial to recognize that a General Election may be on the horizon, potentially leading to policy changes.
**Impact on First-Time Buyers:**
While the push for higher EPC ratings may not significantly affect the first-time buyer market, there will always be buyers interested in properties previously in the rental sector. These homes often provide affordable options for those struggling to enter the property market due to high house prices, deposit requirements, and affordability challenges.
In conclusion, EPC ratings play a pivotal role in the property market, affecting both landlords and tenants. At EPC Choice, we are committed to providing accurate EPCs that empower landlords to make informed decisions and contribute to a more energy-efficient future.
If you have observed any trends related to EPC ratings in the market, please share your insights in the comment section below. Your input is valuable as we navigate the evolving landscape of property energy efficiency.
*Chris Grant, CEO of EPC Choice* EPC Choice