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Energy Efficiency - more tenants would shun poor EPC homes

A poll suggests that 58 per cent of tenants would be less likely to look at a rental property if they were aware that it had an EPC rating of D or below.

Research by Shawbrook found that young private renters are particularly engaged on energy efficiency, with 72 per cent of tenants aged 18 to 34 saying they always check the EPC rating of a property before making any decisions. This is compared to 52 per cent of those aged over 55 years old.  

With energy costs expected to stay high this winter and beyond, energy efficiency has become an increasing priority for many homeowners and tenants.  


However, the research, which surveyed over 1,000 private renters, highlighted a significant knowledge gap surrounding energy efficiency ratings. 

Just seven per cent of respondents felt they ‘know a lot’ about EPC requirements, while a quarter of tenants say they have heard of EPC requirements but ‘don’t know anything about them’. A further quarter had never heard of them at all.

While soaring energy costs have brought this issue to the forefront, improving the energy efficiency of buildings is a key priority for the government in the move to net zero. As part of this there are current proposals that will mean landlords must improve the EPC rating of their properties by 2025 for new tenancies.  

Previous research from Shawbrook showed that the energy crisis had promoted more landlords to make improvements to their properties.  A quarter have made energy efficiency upgrades to help reduce energy bills for their tenants.  

Shawbrook’s real estate managing director Emma Coz says: With an unprecedented energy crisis, the energy efficiency rating of our homes has become increasingly important. However, the research also indicates that we, as an industry still have much to do in terms of educating those in the rental market on this issue. Interestingly young renters are paying closer attention to the energy efficiency of their properties. 

“While we don’t know whether this is driven more by cost or an interest in sustainability, landlords should assume that it’s only going to increase in importance for tenants.  

“Landlords are already making changes to their properties to support their tenants and bring their properties up to the standard that is likely to soon be expected. However, this can be a costly exercise, particularly with the increasing costs of materials and labour.”

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    This is laughable! Tenants often struggle with controlling their energy usage - storage heaters, immersion heaters, changing tariffs, programming timers often seem to be beyond their capability. The idea that they would shun a home because of the EPC rating - a useless indicator - particularly in this market, is absolutely ridiculous!

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    Tenants looking for a home are unlikely to shun anything, most just want a roof over their heads, and that is certainly the case in the 18 - 34 age group


    That’s how I see it Andrew. I have still never had anyone ask any questions about the epc. Yes we advertise the epc grade. But not once has it been challenged.


    Does this idiot think tenants can pick and choose in the current market?

    I have NEVER been asked about EPC, energy costs etc and often found outgoing tenants hadn't shopped around for cheaper tariffs when these were readily available before Government interference pushed energy prices up for everyone, along with insurance premiums (especially for young female drivers those who shopped around) and authorised overdraft rates ( up from under 10% to around 40% apr).

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    What a load of crap! I've NEVER had a potential tenant ask me about the EPC of a property. Most aren't interested. The EPC is a sham anyway and not an accurate record of how energy efficient a property is. Just another hair brained scheme to create revenue and cause more hassle for people. Another nail in the coffin for some landlords when the minimum C rating comes in to force.

  • George Dawes

    They probably interviewed 58 Epc inspectors

    Total and utter twaddle

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    Good job I don’t rent to the young 😂 as usual more nonsense, given how many of us are selling up they will be lucky to find anything.


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