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 Landlords offered advice line to save energy and improve EPCs

Landlords in the west country struggling with high fuel bills are being urged to take advantage of a free money-saving advice call or home visit from community-based experts. 

Exeter council says it is working to identify properties currently being let with an EPC rating below E. It adds that it is keen to engage with landlords in the first instance to offer information and support where needed.

Since April 2020 landlords can no longer let a property with an EPC rating of F & G, unless they have a valid exemption in place. The government proposes to raise this to minimum rating of C by 2028 for all private tenancies and all home by 2035.

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The council works in partnership with Exeter Community Energy to provide free energy advice to all local residents and landlords. These experts can help landlords and their tenants access grant funding, save money and stay warm in their homes. 

Contact www.ecoe.org.uk on 0800 772 3617 or email healthyhomes@ecoe.org.uk.

However, landlords are warning that "failure to engage and make improvements" may lead to the council taking action including a fine of up to £5,000 per breach, per property.

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    QUESTION : If properties genuinely need repairs or upgrades which landlords refuse to do, why don't Councils do the required work and charge the owner, irrespective of whether it's an owner occupier or landlord?

    ANSWER: That might solve the problem but not generate funds for the Council, which is the only motive that counts with them, otherwise they would bring all social housing up to standard.

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    Article states
    ‘The government proposes to raise this to minimum rating of C by 2028’
    Has this changed from 2025?????? Facts must be correct as we rely on the information provided through these sources. Can someone tell me if I missed the deadline being moved by three years?

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    2025 for new tenants, and 2028 for existing tenants, but it's not law yet, still being talked about

     
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