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KEYWORD "EPCs" - 100 RESULTS
Are EPCs Accurate? Energy experts say recent criticism is unfair

A group of energy professionals in the property sector are taking issue with a claim by consumer organisation Which? over the...

15 May 2024

From: Breaking News

Energy efficiency retrofit course ahead of Labour EPC rule changes

The National Residential Landlords Association is introducing a new energy efficiency retrofitting course this summer - ahead of possible EPC rule...

15 May 2024

From: Breaking News

EPCs are often wrong and need major overhaul - Which?

An influential consumer body is demanding a complete overhaul of Energy Performance Certificates. Which? says that with millions of households across the...

08 May 2024

From: Breaking News

Four Ways To Improve A Property’s Energy Performance Certificate

The Eco Experts have come up with four ways to improve a home’s Energy Performance Certificate. 1. Add an insulating jacket to...

04 May 2024

From: Legislation & Compliance

Energy Efficiency - should rents be lower in poor EPC homes?

A housing industry group wants the energy efficiency of a social rented property to be factored into the rent the tenant...

02 May 2024

From: Breaking News

Build To Rent deal emphasises eco-efficiency and wellbeing

A new housing deal will provide another 92 Build To Rent units run by Legal & General. The properties will be two,...

28 March 2024

From: Breaking News

How Technology is Transforming Property Management

The management of BTL properties, whether it's a modest collection of three units or a more sizable portfolio of fifteen, can...

15 March 2024

From: Sponsored Content

Locations slammed for failing to meet energy efficiency targets

New analysis claims that the North East of England has made “no progress on greening the highest-emissions homes in 13 years.” Meanwhile,...

12 March 2024

From: Breaking News

Bad landlords get short pricey licences - good landlords get the reverse

A council is launching an innovative scheme whereby good landlords get long licences - and poor ones get short licences. Gloucester council...

12 March 2024

From: Breaking News

Advice for Landlords on Energy Efficiency and Sustainability

In September the Prime Minister announced that landlords will no longer be required to meet the minimum EPC minimum energy rating...

09 March 2024

From: Agent Advice

Call for eco-tax incentives to make landlords improve, and not sell

Rightmove is calling on Chancellor Jeremy Hunt to use next week’s Budget as an opportunity to incentivise landlords to make properties...

28 February 2024

From: Breaking News

Councillors make ‘breakthrough’ proposal for improving rental EPCs

SNP councillors in Scotland have come up with an innovative suggestion to improve energy efficiency in private rental properties. They want councils...

27 February 2024

From: Breaking News

Lower-rate Green Mortgage deals offered to landlords

Buy to let specialist lender Paragon Bank has introduced offers on its two-year fixed rate BTL mortgages, including its lowest rate...

16 February 2024

From: Breaking News

Beefed Up EPCs demanded by energy efficiency experts

The Building Research Establishment - which undertakes research, advice, training, testing, certification and standards-setting for the housing sector - is calling...

05 February 2024

From: Breaking News

Buy To Let lender offers new green mortgage products to landlords

Buy To Let lender Paragon Bank has added five-year fixed-rate ‘green’ products to its range of BTL mortgages. Rates start at 4.89...

05 February 2024

From: Breaking News

Capital Gains Tax burden forces landlords to defer sales plans

A new study by the National Residential Landlords Association suggests some landlords wanting to quit the private rental sector have deferred...

23 January 2024

From: Breaking News

Tough EPC targets to return despite Sunak’s U-turn - new warning

There’s a warning this morning that stricter Energy Performance Certificate measures for the private rental sector may not have gone, after...

09 January 2024

From: Breaking News

Seven Ways to Make a Home More Energy Efficient in 2024 

With 3.5 million UK adults planning major home improvements in 2024, an energy expert has shared seven adjustments that can properties more sustainable.  The...

06 January 2024

From: Legislation & Compliance

Green Mortgages - are they a busted flush?

Awareness of green mortgages is dipping among buyers, according to new research. Almost two thirds of mortgage advisers say their clients have...

04 January 2024

From: Breaking News

Over 90% of homes could meet EPC rating C or higher - claim

A major property industry supplier claims that the housing sector could meet government targets to improve the Energy Performance Certificate ratings for homes.  Landmark...

27 December 2023

From: Breaking News

Unknown Energy Costs could hurt tenants this winter

A lack of Energy Performance Certificate enforcement is putting tenants at risk from high energy costs or cold homes, according to...

23 December 2023

From: The Big Issues

Energy efficiency rental upgrades slump following government U-turn

Three-quarters of landlords welcome the government’s decision in the autumn to scrap the proposal that all rental property must have an...

20 December 2023

From: Breaking News

New energy ratings to provide EPCs - government consultation opens

The government has launched a public consultation on a radical new UK home energy rating system to replace the long-standing Standard...

14 December 2023

From: Breaking News

EPCs - Generation Rent and Labour Mayor slam landlords and government

Generation Rent and London Mayor Sadiq Khan have jointly slammed landlords who do not improve the EPCs of their private rental...

05 December 2023

From: Breaking News

Good EPC Ratings - many buyers will pay more for energy efficiency

New research shows that a significant number of buyers will pay more for a home with a good EPC rating. The study,...

01 December 2023

From: Breaking News

Really? Think tank claims almost all landlords want stricter EPCs

Almost four fifths of landlords favour raising the Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards for private rental properties, a think tank claims. The Social...

27 November 2023

From: Breaking News

Landlords lead on energy-efficiency despite Sunak U-turn

Large upfront costs are deterring landlords and other home owners from making their homes more energy efficient, according to Lloyds Bank...

23 November 2023

From: Breaking News

Big public switch to more energy-efficient homes, claims developer

A house building firm claims more people want to move to increasingly energy-efficient homes.  A survey by Redrow shows that 26 per...

22 November 2023

From: Breaking News

Sunak’s EPC U-turn slows landlord exodus as gloom lifts

Landlord confidence has improved over the course of the past quarter according to a respected quarterly sentiment survey. The Q3 2023 BVA...

17 November 2023

From: Breaking News

Offset EPC improvements against landlord income - plea to government

A new study claims that two thirds of privately rented homes require urgent energy efficiency improvements - and that landlords need...

16 November 2023

From: Breaking News

EPC Probe: out of 1,300 rental homes only 12 non-compliance notices

A council is warning landlords they face penalty notices if their properties fail to comply with recent legislation that seeks to...

23 October 2023

From: Breaking News

MPs demand EPC rules for landlords be tightened once again

MPs from a range of opposition parties are pressing the government to reinstate the stricter energy efficiency rules for landlords, recently...

20 October 2023

From: Breaking News

Gobsmacked! EPC changes backed by prominent property analyst

A prominent property market analyst says he was “gobsmacked” to hear Prime Minister Rishi Sunak tone down the energy efficiency requirements...

16 October 2023

From: Breaking News

Sunak has “let landlords off the hook” over EPC reform

There’s been a strong personal attack on Prime Minister Rishi Sunak by anti-landlord activists over the subject of energy efficiency. The Generation...

05 October 2023

From: Breaking News

New Buy To Let mortgage is lender’s lowest rate for a year

Paragon Bank has announced a 4.69 per cent five-year fixed-rate buy to let mortgage, marking the lender’s lowest rate for this...

29 September 2023

From: Breaking News

Boiler Ban Delay - huge public support according to survey

News that a ban on oil and LPG boiler installations has been pushed back 10 years has been welcomed by the...

28 September 2023

From: Breaking News

Who knows how a heatpump works?

New figures reveal the typical Briton’s lack of knowledge around energy efficiency issues in the home. The research found that only 35...

27 September 2023

From: Breaking News

EPCs - two thirds of homes have poor ratings in some areas

A new survey has revealed the regional breakdown of EPC ratings in residential properties.   Region Number of Lodgements (homes) Percentage of properties (D - G...

26 September 2023

From: Breaking News

Scrapping new EPC targets is not the end of the matter - NRLA

The National Residential Landlords Association is warning that Prime Minister Rishi Sunak’s scrapping of revised EPC targets at the end of...

25 September 2023

From: Breaking News

Lowest mortgage rates for landlords are tied to good EPC ratings

Paragon Bank is the latest to reduce mortgage rates for landlords. It’s cut rates across 22 buy-to-let mortgage products, with fixed deals...

08 September 2023

From: Breaking News

EPC Reform - government must give massive incentives, says Rightmove

An analysis conducted over the summer by Rightmove suggests it could take literally decades for the private rental sector to conform...

05 September 2023

From: Breaking News

EPCs and Energy Efficiency - the need for clarity

Landlords are operating in a fog when it comes to the Government’s thinking on the future of energy efficiency standards for...

02 September 2023

From: The Big Issues

Who Cares About EPCs? - just 2% of agents “always” asked by tenants

Only two per cent of Propertymark letting agents say tenants “always” want to know the EPC rating on a property they...

21 August 2023

From: Breaking News

In the ever-evolving landscape of rental property management, UK landlords are facing significant changes. Most recently these changes include new energy...

19 August 2023

From: Legislation & Compliance

MEES, EPCs and Energy Efficiency - the government's next steps

Last month, Housing Secretary Michael Gove declared the Government was “asking too much, too quickly” of landlords by setting a 2028...

12 August 2023

From: Rental Reform

Landlords demand incentives to make EPC improvements

The National Residential Landlords Association is backing a call for financial help for landlords who improve the energy efficiency of their...

09 August 2023

From: Breaking News

Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards Already Hitting One Sector

New laws mean commercial property must now have an energy efficiency rating of at least E before a new lease or...

05 August 2023

From: Legislation & Compliance

Generation Rent demands EPC change to Renters Reform Bill

Activist group Generation Rent is now demanding a change to the Renters Reform Bill to help tenants with energy bills. The group...

04 August 2023

From: Breaking News

Landlords want to improve EPCs as soon as possible - claim

A survey suggests that landlords want to improve the energy efficiency of their properties as soon as possible - despite a...

03 August 2023

From: Breaking News

Over half private rental properties would fail new EPC target

Legislation requiring all rental properties to have an energy performance certificate  rating of C or above will require upgrades to around...

26 July 2023

From: Breaking News

EPC Climbdown - Gove to publish details of ‘relaxed’ deadline

Housing Secretary Michael Gove has pledged to publish “shortly” revised timetables for the implementation of further energy efficiency targets for the...

25 July 2023

From: Breaking News

Message to Gove - sort the EPC deadline and stick to it!

The landlords’ trade body has given a firm message to Housing Secretary Michael Gove - sort out a realistic deadline for...

24 July 2023

From: Breaking News

Government to ‘relax the pace’ of threatened EPC reform

Housing Secretary Michael Gove has this morning said his government should ‘relax the pace’ of EPC reforms expected from private landlords. In...

23 July 2023

From: Breaking News

Rightmove reports huge landlord exodus as EPC worries kick in

Rightmove has this morning revealed that 16 per cent of properties currently for sale were previously available on the rental market,...

21 July 2023

From: Breaking News

Labour activists' call to buy 500,000 private rental properties

A pressure group within the Labour Party wants a future government to provide £15 billion over 10 years to allow half...

17 July 2023

From: Breaking News

Beat the base rate shock

If you are a landlord looking for the silver lining in a dark cloud, June’s interest rate decision will have certainly...

13 July 2023

From: Sponsored Content

EPC Rule Changes - months more uncertainty for worried landlords

It appears that there may be months more uncertainty over new energy efficiency rules for the private rental sector. A statement from...

10 July 2023

From: Breaking News

EPCs: new builds beat older homes hands down, says trade body

Research from the Home Builders Federation claims owners of new homes will save an average £135 a month on running costs...

06 July 2023

From: Breaking News

Eye-watering EPC upgrade bill for large portfolio professional landlords

Landlords with some of the country’s largest portfolios say they expect to pay £500,000 or more in the next year on...

03 July 2023

From: Breaking News

EPCs: the big energy challenge for UK landlords

UK landlords are currently facing a myriad of challenges.  It’s well documented how costly retrofitting properties to meet new energy efficiency standards...

01 July 2023

From: Legislation & Compliance

Landlords spend thousands to improve EPCs ahead of law change

A new rental market study by Rightmove reveals that more properties entering the rental market have an EPC rating of C...

28 June 2023

From: Breaking News

Give landlords a break – why they MUST have a new EPC deadline

Landlords need to know the true energy efficiency of their property and have a deadline for improvements to calm fears around...

24 June 2023

From: The Big Issues

Hundreds of low EPC landlords warned - “this cannot continue”

A council has issued a stern warning to landlords that the current situation in which hundreds of homes have non-compliant EPC...

19 June 2023

From: Breaking News

Energy Efficiency help may be available to private rental properties

Private rental properties are being included in a scheme which may allow council funds to be used to improve energy efficiency. Cardiff...

12 June 2023

From: Breaking News

Which Homes Have The Most Efficient Boilers?

After a winter of record-high energy bills, many will be wondering how efficient their boilers are, and whether the type of...

03 June 2023

From: Lettings PropTech

Landlords guide to making the right decisions in 2023

This year is set to bring sweeping rental reforms that will change the face of lettings forever. Landlords should be following...

02 June 2023

From: Sponsored Content

Landlord Info - the most and least energy efficient locations

A recent study by nationwide conveyancers Muve, using official data from the Office for National Statistics, has revealed the most and...

20 May 2023

From: The Big Issues

EPC Reform - an energy assessor writes…

All landlords need to have an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC), with few exemptions. As a property writer, landlord and Domestic Energy...

06 May 2023

From: Legislation & Compliance

EPC Reform - Think tank urges even stricter rules for landlords

The Resolution Foundation has urged the government not to relax its target deadlines for improved energy efficiency in the private rental...

05 May 2023

From: Breaking News

Surprise as government backs cash help for landlords to meet EPC targets

One of the UK governments has backed a call for private landlords to get cash help to meet new Minimum Energy...

28 April 2023

From: Breaking News

Landlords to be hammered with new EPC costs, warns agency

Proposed minimum energy efficiency standards regulation in England could leave residential landlords facing a £17.9 billion bill, a lettings agency warns. The...

14 April 2023

From: Breaking News

Lender reinstates Green mortgages for landlords with good EPCs

Buy to let specialist lender Landbay has brought back its green five-year fixed rate range as well as launching two new...

04 April 2023

From: Breaking News

What Is Let To Let?

Instead of selling your current home and buying a new one, you could look at letting out your own home and...

25 March 2023

From: Agent Advice

Landlords reveal their 'go to' energy efficiency upgrade

With landlords obliged to think increasingly about energy efficiency measures, new data from Legal & General’s surveying team helps identify different...

16 March 2023

From: Breaking News

Scrap VAT for landlords trying to improve EPC ratings - call

The British Property Federation is calling on the government to use next week’s Budget to zero-rate VAT on work which allows...

10 March 2023

From: Breaking News

Good EPC ratings increasingly important for renters - claim

Good EPC ratings are increasingly important for tenants when considering which properties to rent, it’s been claimed. Nicky Stevenson, managing director of...

09 March 2023

From: Breaking News

Call for EPCs to be renewed every three years

Energy Performance Certificates must change to properly support reaching net zero, tackling fuel poverty and improving buildings, according to an energy...

06 March 2023

From: Breaking News

EPCs are useless, wrong and easily rigged - new research

Shocking new research shows that Energy Performance Certificates are inaccurate at best, useless at worst, and easily rigged. A Sunday Times report...

27 February 2023

From: Breaking News

New EPC targets to be missed by fifth of commercial landlords

Nearly a fifth of UK commercial landlords still have properties with an energy performance certificate rating of F or G, despite...

23 February 2023

From: Breaking News

Government slammed over Boiler Scheme with call for EPC change

The Boiler Upgrade Scheme - launched in May 2022 and open to landlords as well as homeowners - is failing to...

22 February 2023

From: Breaking News

Energy Efficiency - growing numbers of landlords spending thousands

Some 21 per cent of tenants have spoken to their landlords about making energy efficiency improvements to their property, according to...

16 February 2023

From: Breaking News

Energy efficiency experts can be found via new tool for landlords

An accreditation scheme has produced a free-to-use tool aimed at landlords seeking to make their residential properties more energy efficient and...

10 February 2023

From: Breaking News

Buy To Let “virtually pointless” for many landlords - claim

A property industry trade body chief says buy to let is “virtually pointless” for landlords with substantial mortgages who seek income...

09 February 2023

From: Breaking News

Rishi Reshuffle - will EPC reform move a step closer?

The trade press is fixated on the departure of housing minister Lucy Frazer after four months in the government reshuffle, but...

08 February 2023

From: Breaking News

Council using charity to chase landlords to boost EPCs

A federation of charities wants landlords and tenants to get in touch to discuss energy efficiency in private rental properties. ‘Groundwork’ is...

07 February 2023

From: Breaking News

Landlords with good EPC ratings get better mortgage deals

Suffolk Building Society has announced the launch of a new five-year fixed expat buy to let product for properties with an...

26 January 2023

From: Breaking News

Landlords may be eligible for energy efficiency funding

Eligible landlords and tenants in the Chichester area are being urged to apply for funding to install energy efficiency and renewable...

20 January 2023

From: Breaking News

Energy efficiency guide for landlords available free of charge

The Tenancy Deposit Service and the National Residential Landlords Association have produced a guide to improving energy efficiency in rented properties. Although...

18 January 2023

From: Breaking News

Landlords urged to apply for energy efficiency cash help

Landlords have been told that time is running out to apply for funding to improve the energy efficiency of their homes...

11 January 2023

From: Breaking News

Stricter Rental EPCs by 2025? Forget it, says the NRLA

Plans to improve the energy efficiency of private rented housing have no hope of being met following the government’s failure to...

10 January 2023

From: Breaking News

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...

06 January 2023

From: Breaking News

Stricter EPCs, Rent Controls, S21 Scrapping - is this 2023?

Yes, it’s that time again when the property hoi polloi impose their predictions for the following year on us and so,...

17 December 2022

From: The Big Issues

Most landlords in the dark about future EPC changes

A new survey shows that while some 78 per cent of landlords have now heard about government proposals around EPC ratings,...

12 December 2022

From: Breaking News

Why Renewables Are Set To Take Off in the HMO Sector

While many eyes have been focused on COP27 in recent weeks, a massive sea change in sentiment and investment towards climate...

03 December 2022

From: The Big Issues

Tenants and landlords urged to work together to boost EPCs

A local authority is urging landlords and tenants to “have a chat” and work together to improve the EPC rating of...

02 December 2022

From: Breaking News

Energy Upgrade Scheme - Landlords urged to contact local councils

Landlords in England are being encouraged to contact their local council to find out if they are eligible to access government...

29 November 2022

From: Breaking News

Huge public funding for extended home insulation programme

The government has announced plans for a £1 billion scheme - called ECO+ - which will see hundreds of thousands of...

29 November 2022

From: Breaking News

Going Green!  Mortgage lenders boost EPC incentives for landlords

Increasing numbers of lenders are now offering incentives to win the business of landlords with good, or improving, EPC ratings. In what...

28 November 2022

From: Breaking News

Energy efficiency will be focus of new licensing regime

A new property licensing scheme that claims to provide “safer, well managed housing for renters” has now come into force in...

21 November 2022

From: Breaking News

Revealed: the area with “mountain to climb” over EPCs

The north of England has a home energy efficiency mountain to climb, with poorly insulated homes costing tenants at least £680...

11 November 2022

From: Breaking News

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