A leading proponent of sustainability within the property industry has questioned why the updated How to Rent guide published yesterday by MHCLG doesn’t mention EPCs.
Ross Nichols (pictured), who runs home setup and utility management firm firm Just Move In, says it is odd that the new guide, which is only updated once or twice a year, ignores EPCs other than to remind landlords that a property must have one and that it must be band E or above.
Nichols says the new How to Rent guide should have included advice on energy efficiency given scale of the climate crisis.
“The How to Rent Guide performs an important legal function but it’s also an opportunity for the government to start changing the narrative on energy efficiency within the Private Rented Sector, making sure that the issue stays on the table and isn’t pushed aside,” he says.
“The government has an open consultation on raising energy performance standards for the domestic PRS sector – including reducing energy bills, improvements and carbon emissions – so it’s disappointing that the new Guide doesn’t reference sustainability at all.”
Go green guide
Nichols’ company, which is one of the few ‘B Corps’ in the industry which have signed up to recognised standards of social and environmental standards, this week published a guide for agents on how to go green but still boost their profits.
Called Sold in Sustainability, it identifies six key areas for agents to target: energy use, waste, recycling, travel, technology, and green initiatives.
The guidebook also explains the other benefits of an eco-friendly approach.
“Sustainable companies are more attractive to both potential customers and employees, many of whom share environmental concerns,” says Nichols.