Landlords - new proposed EPC legislation only 2 years away

News at Church Robinson | 21/03/2023

Buy to Let landlords unaware of EPC regulation changes 

As discussed in our recent blog, there are a number of reasons to consider renting out your property, including opening up a new revenue stream, relocating for work and the long-term security of owning another property. 

However, recent research* suggests that many Buy to Let landlords aren’t aware of upcoming proposed changes to EPC regulations which will affect legal guidelines they must follow. 

Impact on landlords could be very problematic

Under current Goverment proposals, as of April 2025, any newly let property in the private rental sector will require an EPC (energy performance certificate) of Band C or above. For existing tenancies, the proposal is that these new regulations won’t apply until 2028. Currently, properties require an EPC rating of E or above. Any landlord with a property that is below band C will need to invest in improving this rating before the deadlines hit. The Government estimated it could cost an average of £4,700 for landlords to make these improvements, a cost that is likely to rise for older properties. 

Despite this financial impact on Buy to Let landlords, the research suggested that more than 40% of UK landlords are not familiar with the planned regulation changes. Their survey of 459 landlords who own one or more rental properties showed that 42% are unaware that the rules are changing and only 38% of landlords fully understand what the change in rules will entail.

What we can learn from this research

This unawareness of regulation changes is just one example of why it is vital that landlords stay up to date with potential legislation changes. However we believe at Church Robinson that this is as much our responsibility as it is the landlord’s. This is why our specialist property management team places so much importance on keeping our landlords up to date with all legislation. We are fully accredited and able to advise on all aspects of letting, including legal requirements, tenancy agreements, deposit processes and more. 

We are a licensed member of the Association of Residential Letting Agents (ARLA), the industry’s leading professional body and are currently responsible for more than 1,000 properties in the Newbury, Marlborough, Devizes, Didcot and Lambourn areas, working with landlords living in both the UK and overseas.

If you currently have, or are looking to purchase, a Buy to Let property, the team at Jones Robinson can guide you through current and upcoming legislation. Ensuring that you are aware of any changes that may have a financial or legal impact. 

* Research carried out by Market Financial Solutions (MFS)

About Church Robinson and the Jones Robinson Group 

The Jones Robinson Group are currently responsible for over 1,000 properties across Newbury, Lambourn, Marlborough, Devizes and Didcot, working with landlords living both in the UK and overseas, and our block management department look after properties across a wider area, from Bristol to London down to the south coast.

Our specialist block and property management estate agents will keep you up to date with current legislation and advise on everything related to property management, and, as members of ARLA, NAEA, IRPM and CIH, we are qualified to look after every aspect of your rental property. So whether you are a first-time landlord, or a career landlord, we will provide the best support possible.

Property ownership can be a minefield for landlords, as well as being time consuming. Our aim is to manage your property better than anyone else!

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