In the lead up to Cop26, the Government has made several announcements aimed at improving the green credentials of housing stock. Councils across England and Wales will share funding of £4.3 million to help them raise awareness of and enforce the current energy efficiency standards in rented homes. Since April 2020, all private rented homes have required a minimum energy performance rating of EPC Band E. The government also announced its Net Zero & Heat and Buildings strategies, which outline the support to be made available to equip homeowners to decarbonise their homes in an affordable way. This includes the new Green Home Finance programme, where £10 million will go towards the development of new energy efficiency products and green finance services, such as heat pumps.
Many rental properties particularly those that are on the Listed Buildings Register fall below the required E rating. In these circumstances it is vital that an exemption is registered, a copy of the exemption certificate will be needed should the eviction process be required. For further details or assistance with the energy performance rating of your property please call the team on 01787 888694.