We own a single property which is available for holiday lets throughout the year. Can you explain why I need an energy performance certificate? Do you think my guests are really interested? Do they not just want to enjoy their holiday? This is just an additional expense and regulation placed upon property owners for no additional benefit to anyone other than the contractor carrying out an inspection and is completely needless, unlike fire assessments and landlord’s gas certificates. I can see that many owners, such as ourselves will decide to discontinue providing holiday accommodation if the burden from regulations becomes, as it seems, ridiculous.

Why is this idea important?

This is just another needless regulation

6 Replies to “Energy Performance Certificates”

  1. This is not a rant, but a well made comment. What is the purpose of these EPC’s on holiday homes. Noone cares about this when booking a holiday.
    Just another way to create jobs and rip off those trying to make a living.
    Waste of time.

  2. But surely YOU should be concerned with the energy costs of your property. If your property could be more energy efficient then you’ll make more money….

    1. Yes one should be concerned about energy costs but the EPC does not reflect this, it is merely a costly certificate which does not reward the good or punish the bad, it charges all the same!

      Voluntary EPCs would be wonderful, certainly on the lettings side, you would be able to command higher rents for higher efficiency properties; it would be a good selling point. As it stands it is another cost with little if any benefit. Yet another half baked regulation.

  3. Government – left to itself – will always – regardless of anything else it does – be effective in creating one thing – more government. BTW this is not unique to government but to pretty well all large scale organisations with busy management structures. Managers want to manage more and will often be judged on the size of the teams they manage – so their teams will usually grow. Regulators and watchdog type functions – unchecked – will always tend to regulate more and more. Typically this applies to Internal Audit and various pseudo-independent ‘control’ groups. Their tendency is also to iron out individual responsibility and codify as much as possible. It isn’t their fault – it is just what they do!

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