Professional landlords plan to spend big in order to meet incoming Energy Performance Certificate rules, Handelsbanken Professional Landlords Survey shows.
Of investors with an average of 29 properties, one in five (19%) plan to invest£500,000 or more over the next 12 months to renovate assets across their portfolios.
Meanwhile more than half (55%) are planning to invest £100,000 or more.
For privately rented homes in England and Wales, the government consulted on raising MEES to EPC C, applying to new tenancies from 2025 and to all tenancies from 2028. It also suggested lifting the cap on landlords’ maximum spend from £3,500 to £10,000, based on the assumption that landlords will spend £4,700 per property to reach a C rating. However, Energy Security and Net Zero Minister, Graham Stuart signalled recently that a final decision on these proposals would not come this year.
Richard Winder, head of sustainability at Handelsbanken, said: “Rolled up across a portfolio, these are not insignificant amounts, and for many investors represent a major step-up in capital expenditure.
“Beyond these MEES requirements, there are growing expectations on both landlords and tenants to take action on climate change and nature, and these are beginning to affect the economics of the rental market.”
Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES) were first implemented in April 2018, but from 1 April this year, the regulations tightened further in England and Wales, ruling it unlawful for a landlord to continue letting a commercial property with an EPC rating of below E.
While well over half (57%) were optimistic regarding their commercial properties meeting these new standards by the deadline, more than two fifths (44%) admitted they were only moderately familiar with the government’s plan to increase minimum EPC standards to B by 2030.
In 2021, the government consulted on increasing MEES for commercial lettings to EPC C by 2027 and EPC B by 2030, while tightening the system around exemptions.