Investors making EPC improvements despite Gove’s call for delay

Most landlords with properties with an EPC rating of D or below plan to make changes to reach at least a C, despite housing secretary Michael Gove’s comments that the government is asking “too much too quickly from landlords”.

As it stands all rental properties will have to achieve an EPC rating of C by 2028, however Gove implied that the date would be delayed.

Almost two thirds of landlords (65%) have properties rated D, E, F or G. However, 34% plan to make improvements to reach C as soon as they can.

More than a third (39%) shared the same intention, but planned to wait until nearer 2028 and the government’s current proposed deadline.

Paul Brett, Landbay’s managing director, intermediaries said: “The government’s proposal remains just that – a proposal, and the can has been kicked down the road a couple of times already with the change to 2028 being the latest. If Michael Gove’s comments are anything to go by, we could yet see further movement to the timeline.

“In spite of this, it’s very encouraging to see the majority of landlords with lower rated properties planning to make improvements, especially the strong proportion pledging to as soon as they can. If Gove does get his way, it will be interesting to see how these results change – if at all.”

Meanwhile, awareness of the government’s proposal has remained consistent, with 78% of landlords aware of the plans in the latest survey – 79% in August last year.

Since that survey, the proposal has changed to bring the 2025 deadline for new tenancies in line with 2028.

Nonetheless, it still remains a contentious issue, with some landlords set to spend thousands of pounds to bring properties up to standard, on top of rising costs in the current climate.

Government analysis suggests that for the majority of private rented homes, energy efficiency improvements will cost between £5,000 and £9,999.