When it comes to owning a home, there are lots of things to think about. When you decide to become a landlord, however, this list only gets even longer. From finding the right tenants to running costs and energy efficiency, there’s more to property management than people may at first think. What’s more, with new EPC requirements for 2023, remaining compliant has never been so difficult.
What is an EPC?
An EPC (Energy Performance Certificate) report looks to identify the energy efficiency of a property, be it residential or commercial. These are usually included as part of the surveying process and can give a rough indication as to your carbon footprint and heating costs of the space. Your home is ranked from A-G, with ‘A’ being the most efficient.
EPC Requirements for 2023
As of April 2023, EPC rating requirements for landlords have changed. Within the UK, you are now unable to rent out any property with a score of E or lower, without good reason. You can read about exemptions here.
Landlords who do not abide by the EPC requirements for 2023 will face a penalty. There are two different types. You may find that you face a fine of up to £150,000 or alternatively, your breach may be added to the PRS Exemption Register. Depending on the severity, some landlords may even face both of these punishments.
Changes from 2025
Alongside changes to EPC requirements for 2023, this year, the government also announced that there were further modifications to come for landlords.
From 2025, newly rented properties must have an EPC rating of ‘C’ or above. This change was brought in to help the government meet their net zero targets. For previously rented properties, there is slightly more leeway. The government are offering landlords an extra 3 years (until 2028) to reach a ‘C’ rating. These changes are predicted to cost between £2,000 and £10,000.
How to improve your EPC
There are lots of ways to improve your EPC rating, with some upgrades costing more than others. Some of the more affordable options include upgrading your lights to LED bulbs or getting a smart meter to track your energy consumption. For a larger impact, you can also look into…
- Installing solar panels
- Investing in good quality wall and roof insulation
- Fitting double-glazed or triple-glazed windows
- Buying a new, more energy efficient boiler
How we can help
Munday + Cramer is an architecture and surveying practise, based in Essex. Serving the local area, we can provide both residential and commercial surveys and EPC ratings. What’s more, we’ll even provide guidance on how to improve your properties energy efficiency. Should you need us to, our architects and project managers can even step in to help you make these changes to stay compliant!
Our architects are RIBA qualified, and our surveyors are regulated by RICS. This means that when you work with us, you can be sure you’re in safe and capable hands!
For more information about EPC requirements for 2023 and staying compliant, get in touch with our specialist surveyors today! Give us a call on 01245 326 200 or click here to fill out our contact form.