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EPC rule change causes shift in landlord property preference

Landlords are shunning older and less energy efficient properties in favour of more modern homes to make it easier to comply with new rules, a survey has discovered. A quarter of landlords said they were likely to avoid properties with low Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) ratings when looking to add to their portfolio. The research […]

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Less than one-third of landlords can fund EPC requirements

Landlords could lose up to £9,500 a year if they are unable to make changes to the energy efficiency of their property ahead of the proposed EPC regulation changes and 2025 deadline, according to research from Shawbrook. This figure refers to the average amount landlords estimate they would lose in rental income per year if […]

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London council urges ‘Green Pledge’

A London council is urging private sector landlords with properties in their patch to sign a pledge urging their tenants to recycle as part of its bid to reach Net Zero targets. A lengthy statement to landlords from Conservative controlled Wandsworth council includes the plea: “We ask you to help make sure that new tenants […]

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Landlords set to pass energy improvement costs on to tenants

Privately rented homes may need to be a minimum Energy Performance Certificate C-rating under proposals to reduce the carbon emissions of UK homes More than half of landlords improving the energy efficiency of their properties will look to recoup costs through rent, a survey has found. Rents could rise as a result of landlords making […]

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Solar Together Kent and Green Homes Grant

 Medway Council are offering two schemes:  Solar Together Kent  Landlords can take part in Solar Together Kent, a group buying scheme to get solar panels at a competitive price, helping you to reduce the emissions from your properties and reduce energy costs for your tenants. It is free to register, and you are not required […]

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Buy-to-let investors are increasingly buying energy efficient homes, but with new EPC rating rules not set in stone, are landlords jumping the gun?

This is Money are running an article on landlords trying to guess what EPC rating rental properties will be. The article can be seen here, and says: So far in 2022 the share of homes bought by investors with an EPC of A-C is 50% This is up from 39% last year and 33% in […]

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Landlords scramble to buy eco properties and avoid £10k upgrade costs

The Telegraph has published a series of articles recently on landlords.  This one is about buying energy efficient homes.  It can be seen here, and says: Landlords have scrambled to buy energy-efficient properties in a bid to get ahead of costly eco upgrades that could land them with a £10,000 bill. Half of all homes bought by investors so […]

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Landlords need guidance to hit new EPC targets

At least a quarter of rental properties have an EPC rating of D or below fuelling concerns the market could face challenges when new energy rules come into effect. This is according to a survey by Shawbrook Bank which also found landlords would welcome guidance and incentives to help them achieve the new targets. By […]

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