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Slow take-up so far for online agent's petition to scrap EPCs

An online petition to scrap Energy Performance Certificates has received only modest support so far.

The petition has been put forward by eMoov chief executive Russell Quirk and 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.”

The petition is open until early in January; up to early this morning it had received fewer than 200 signatures.

In 2007 the then-Labour government introduced Energy Performance Certificates; eventually these became mandatory for all properties listed for sale and to let.

Quirk says they cost an average of £100m per year in total to sellers and landlords but the rating that each certificate produces is, he says, “of little help to either buyer or seller and has not proven to reduce energy consumption.”

Quirk has asked housing minister Brandon Lewis for his support.

No timetable has yet been agreed by the Department of Communities and Local Government for any revisions to laws, such as those governing mandatory EPCs, which also involve EU directives.

  • Lucy Lingard

    Where is the petition online exactly?

  • Terence Dicks

    Good ol' Russell. You can always rely on him for spurious stats. I reckon he must sit at home until he hits upon something ridiculous to get him in the EAN again. I do wish he would get a life.

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    Indeed, I'd sign it too but the timing is wrong, surely we can't go back on such EU agreements until (if) we actually leave? And wasn't it linked to some Green agreement (Kyoto) that essentially allows UK to continue to have factories polluting the environment at an unacceptable level, because we, in theory, encourage house owners to make them greener to get a better certificate (that very few give any priority to) ?

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