More than half of UK homes fail to meet 2025 energy efficiency target

By 2028, all rentals must have an EPC rating of C or better (PA)

More than half of all rental accommodation in the UK fails to comply with new energy efficiency standards due to come into force in just three years, revealing the huge bill that landlords will face.

New data shows that 56% of properties in the country do not have enough insulation to qualify for a so-called EPC rating of C or better.

Buildings are rated for their energy efficiency, scoring between A and G for the EPC system. A+ is the highest score a house can receive, showing that it is able to retain its heat better than other buildings.

At the end of 2025, new government rules mean that any house rented under a new contract must have a C rating or better. By 2028, all rentals must reach this level.

Data compiled for LandTech, a property data platform, showed that 57% of social rental housing has an EPC rating of C or better, meaning it meets the standard.

But it still means more than four in 10 houses let by councils will need to upgrade their insulation, leaving cash-strapped councils facing massive building bills.

But private landlords face an even bigger bill, as data showed nearly two-thirds (64%) of private rentals fall short of standards.

“Although nearly half of all social housing is below the proposed compliance levels, we are extremely encouraged that social housing (whether local authorities or housing associations) has a ahead of the private rental stock by 21 percentage points in terms of having a higher percentage of EPCs of C and above,” said Jonny Britton, co-founder of LandTech.

“The concern for the future is that cash-strapped local authorities still have a long way to go to meet minimum standards, with costs likely to run into the millions to upgrade the social rental housing stock.

“New builds, however, are clear winners in that developers have taken active control of the problem, and many are in fact steering the debate about how to keep new properties cool during our extended summers due to climate change. .”

He added: ‘Although a financial burden on landlords, we hope the rush to insulate and improve properties below C rating will lead to a mini boom in skilled trades in these areas and a reduction in energy bills for tenants.

“The biggest winner is of course the environment, so it’s in everyone’s interest to rally behind the cause immediately.”

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