Petition urges UK government to scrap EPCs

The founder of a hybrid estate agent has called the requirements for Energy Performance Certificates (EPC) to be scrapped from the UK legislation.

EPCs provide prospective tenants with information about the energy efficiency of a property and were introduced in all EU member states in a bid to improve energy efficiency.

Estate agents and landlords are required to obtain EPCs before marketing a property and must display the energy efficiency rating in adverts (including online) as well as provide the certificate to new tenants.

Russel Quirk of eMoov has started a Parliamentary petition arguing the requirement for EPCs, the obtaining of which cost between £60 and £120, should be removed post-Brexit.

The petition reads:

“EPCs (Energy Performance Certificates) were introduced as a mandatory requirement for all UK residential property sales from 2007 (originally as part of the failed Home Information Pack). This derived from an EU diktat, European Union Directive 2002/91/EC. Later, this applied to rental properties”

Landlords and estate agents face a penalty of £200 for failing to provide an EPC and a fine of £200 per advert which doesn’t include at least the rating letter (A-G) of a building. The minimum rating is E and properties rated F and G will become unlettable from 1 April 2018.