All posts


Get the latest landlord news

Landlords 250 properties required in London for corporate tenants
All posts

Do Listed Buildings Require an EPC?

Through recent years, the government has attempted to fight energy wastage and to create homes which are more energy efficient. There are several key benefits here. The first is to help fight climate change with a smaller carbon footprint. The second is to help consumers pay less when it comes to their energy bills, creating homes which are much more energy efficient.

This has come to be known as Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES). Introduced in 2018 it’s currently under review with the scope set to increase in the future. Whilst the guidelines and laws for landlords are well publicised, less so are works which may need to be carried out on properties with listed grade status.

If you’re a landlord who is about to advertise a listed building via an online property agent , the question as to whether certain listed properties are exempt are conflicting. According to officials, an EPC is not mandatory for listed buildings or properties which are part of a conservation area. This is because work undertaken could substantially alter the property from its original form, with a landlord still able to rent the property even though it may have an EPC rating of F- or G-.

The main issue here is how to determine if the work which would need to be undertaken would alter the property and detract from its character or appearance. The way to navigate this, for a landlord, would be to obtain a proposed draft of an EPC, investigating which types of work were recommended, and then see if it falls in line with the listings status.

New call-to-action

For example, the inclusion of double glazed windows would undoubtedly change a property’s characteristics, whilst the addition of a condenser boiler and LED lightbulbs will not. EPC’s on listed buildings are very much carried out on a case by cases basis. So, if you as a landlord are concerned, it’s best to seek the advice of a local authority as to what is deemed “unacceptable” and what may be deemed “unobtrusive.”

When considering an EPC status on a listed building, this is a handy guideline to follow:

  • Obtain a draft EPC for the property to investigate potential works
  • Investigate whether the suggested alternations qualify for exemption
  • Depending on the outcome, apply for exemption status or undertake works to ensure the property has an EPC rated of E- or above.

Why continue paying thousands each year in commission to let your property? With 97% of landlords recommending our services, and with over 50,000 tenants joining our rental community in the last year alone PropertyLoop is welcoming a new era of renting.

The PropertyLoop platform establishes the trust, transparency and personal service that has been lost from the renting sector. We are anything but another faceless corporation looking to profit from your investment, but a community founded on expertise and ambition.

We offer landlords complete clarity on available specialists through a landlord controlled rating and review system, giving users complete confidence of your PropertyPro’s proven results in finding owner’s ideal tenants faster.

With PropertyLoop landlords will have everything they need to let out their rental from start to finish, with no hidden fees, financial barriers or catches; only a revolutionary new way to let.