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.