A new report from the government’s Office for National Statistics appears to show landlords are ahead of the game when it comes to making properties energy efficient.
The ONS says properties in England overall have an average energy efficiency rating of 66 and in Wales it’s 64 - both band D on the Energy Performance Certificate ranking.
This is well above the minimum ‘E’ rating, with social and private landlords both praised in the report for being pro-active.
However, the government is targeting as many properties to hit band C as possible by 2035 - band C begins at 69.
The ONS report says modern properties built after 2012 score an average of 83, putting them in band B, while those built before 1900 have an average score of 54 in England and 51 in Wales - firmly in band E.
Those built from 1983 onwards have an average rating of band C or higher, and those built before fall short of government targets.
Overall, houses are less efficient than flats, with semi-detached properties in England and Wales scoring an average of 63 and detached properties 63 (England) and 62 (Wales). Flats and maisonettes are rated an average of 72.
Timothy Douglas, policy manager at ARLA Propertymark, comments: “It is now well over 12 months since all properties rented on a relevant tenancy in the private rented sector in England and Wales must meet the EPC band E rating, so it is good to see letting agents and landlords meeting the requirements and adhering to the rules - everyone wants to see rented property that is safe, secure and warm.
“However, the UK Government’s latest proposals for EPC band C presents a much tougher challenge for many properties across the country.
"It is of no surprise that social rented dwellings are more energy efficient because the social rented sector has received significantly more funding to improve energy efficiency than the private rented sector, despite being the smallest housing tenure in England.
"The private rented sector plays a crucial role in providing 4.4m households a home in England alone and if the UK government wants to see like-for-like improvements across the board and achieve their ambitious targets, then increased funding and resources need to be diverted from social rented housing to the private rented sector.
"With the wide range of property types in the private rented sector and proposals for a £10,000 cost cap, landlords across the country are being presented with financial and practical challenges, which if not tackled, could result in a reduction in supply and landlords exiting the market.”
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