Which areas in the UK have the worst rental energy efficiency by EPC rating?

EPC Home energy Efficiency

The Spring’s MoveSmart platform, based on information from Propalt It has identified the regions where energy performance certification (EPC) rating are the lowest.

Homes that were rented out located in Cleethorpes (Lincolnshire), Barrow-in-Furness (Cumbria), Westcliff-on-Sea (Essex), Grimsby (Lincolnshire) and Accrington (Lancashire) are among the lowest rating within the UK. Of the 683 homes owned by landlords in Cleethorpes 80 percent have D-G rating while In Barrow-in-Furness 1,067 (79 percent) rental properties have lowest rating. 72% of Westcliff-on-Sea and Grimsby rentals have D-G ratings. The figure for Accrington is 71% and that means it is costly for landlords in order to improve their homes to the standards required.

Cleethorpes Beach. Cleethorpes has among the worst EPC ratings in the UK

Cleethorpes Beach

In a time where energy costs are skyrocketing and tenants are suffering from the burden of living The Government has issued a warning to landlords across England as well as Wales in 2025 that, all rentals will require the EPC rating that is ‘C’ or greater. A EPC rating will provide specific information on the properties’ energy efficiency as well as the carbon dioxide emission. When a house is constructed and sold, or rented out or rented out in England and Wales property developers and homeowners are required to obtain an EPC rating report completed by an certified assessor. But, research shows that just 53% of UK properties are registered with an EPC as well as 58% of the properties with an approved EPC are classified in the D-G category, which implies that they are more costly to maintain and aren’t so green.

Research by Habito estimates that it will cost as high as £6,000 to improve one-bedroom properties from rating D-C. The cost can go up for bigger homes. Therefore, for landlords that don’t have money to bring their home to the standards they require, selling the property to Spring might be the quickest option to sell. For landlords who are planning to move, Spring can offer up to 93% of homes’ worth which can be completed in just several weeks. A lot less than typical completion time in the UK, which Zoopla recently estimated to take up to five and half months, on average.

Cormac Henderson, the CEO of Spring said “A shocking amount of homes in the UK aren’t adequate in regards to energy performance and not just costing them a lot to run but also having a major adverse impact on our environment in a time where climate change is on the front burner of the world agenda. There is an upward trend in the percentage of homes in the north that have lower energy performance.”

“With many landlords already facing rising costs, many of which are passed onto tenants, they will have a decision to make as to whether the cost of upgrading their properties is worth it or consider exiting the market as many have suggested.”

Table of Results

The information used to create the lists of areas with the highest or least EPC Properties that are which are owned by landlords is built on areas with more than 500 landlord-owned properties.

Areas with the most landlord-owned properties with a D-G EPC rating:

Town/Area Number of D-G EPC Rating, landlord owned properties Total number of landlord owned properties % of D-G EPC Ratings owned by landlords
Cleethorpes, North East Lincolnshire 544 683 80%
Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria 1,067 1,351 79%
Westcliff-on-Sea, Essex 945 1,314 72%
Grimsby, North East Lincolnshire 1,333 1,857 72%
Accrington, Lancashire 553 780 71%
Southend-on-Sea, Essex 1,182 1,679 70%
Kingston-Upon-Hull, East Riding of Yorkshire 4,628 6,703 69%
Blackpool, Lancashire 2,112 3,064 69%
Bootle, Merseyside 763 1,136 67%
Darwen, Lancashire 532 797 67%
Darlington, County Durham 929 1,397 66%
Edmonton, North London 1,417 2,165 65%
Halifax, West Yorkshire 1,103 1,548 65%
Hove, East Sussex 3,246 5,041 64%
Lytham St Annes, Lancashire 981 1,525 64%

Areas with the least landlord-owned properties with a D-G EPC rating:

Town/Area Number of D-G EPC Rating, landlord owned properties Total number of landlord owned properties % of D-G EPC Ratings owned by landlords
Wembley, North West London 997 4811 23%
Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire 611 2588 24%
Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire 671 2838 24%
Cambridge, Cambridgeshire 1051 3621 29%
Salford, Greater Manchester 2129 6796 31%
Rochester, Kent 1304 4055 32%
Telford, Shropshire 875 2665 33%
Chelmsford, Essex 839 2474 34%
Bromsgrove, Kent 583 1714 34%
Harlow, Essex 597 1738 34%
Hayes, West London 589 1629 36%
Acton, West London 1056 2765 38%
London (overall) 64533 162122 40%
Poole, Dorset 915 2278 40%
Colchester, Essex 739 1839 40%


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