The EPC U-turn
The recent announcement from Rishi Sunak to scrap plans to increase the Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards from an E to a C, has caused quite a stir in the industry.
In a speech delivered by the Prime Minister about the wider issue of Net Zero the government committed to:
“Scrap policies to force landlords to upgrade the energy efficiency of their properties, but instead continue to encourage households to do so where they can”
On the face of it landlords can now breathe a sigh of relief as they are no longer required to pay up to £10,000 for upgrades. However, this sudden change has left many in the industry uncertain about the future of energy efficiency regulations.
The lack of detail surrounding the reversal has only added to the confusion. Moreover, there are concerns that energy efficiency could be regulated through the back door via the new HHSRS regulations. We looked at these in our article last month.
With the Minimum Energy Performance of Buildings (No. 2) Bill still passing through parliament, landlords will remain frustrated by the lack of clarity from the government. It has become increasingly difficult for them to plan ahead. Should the bill continue to receive cross party support the minimum standards may still come into force.
The upcoming general election has only added to the uncertainty about the future of these targets. Whilst Labour have not yet announced their policies, it is widely expected that they will reverse Mr Sunak’s decision.
Therefore, it is crucial to stay informed and up-to-date on any developments in the industry.
You can read the Prime Ministers speech in full here.
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