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EPC upgrades - get ahead

It will be no surprise that tenants are becoming increasingly mindful of home efficiency and EPC ratings, writes Jackie Monro.

Previously kitchens and bathrooms were priority areas, but now double glazing and heating costs are on the check list too. My advice to landlords is to ensure that when a property comes vacant you don’t just look at the décor but take advice and consider ways the EPC rating can be improved.

Currently, the minimum energy efficiency standards (MEES) allowed for rented properties are a minimum of an E rating on their Energy Performance Certificate (EPC). The new EPC regulations will mean that from 2025, rented property will need to have a certification rating of C or above.

To avoid disruption and compromise when a tenant is in situ, better to make the necessary improvements as properties come vacant, after which with the market so strong you can reap the higher rentals to reflect great efficiencies and cost savings for tenants.

There are government schemes to help with these upgrades the most recent being the Boiler Upgrade Scheme, which offers up to £6000 to help cover cost and installation of a low carbon heating system. Others include VAT relief on energy saving materials, Green Deal loan, plus several more. If you would like more information do get in touch.


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