From 1st April, all new rental leases and renewals of tenancies will be required to have an energy performance rating of at least E on an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC). For existing tenancies, the regulations come into force on 1st April 2020.
We wondered how much tenants are prepared to pay for energy efficiency. Properties across England and Wales let in 2017 with an energy performance rating of E achieved 3.1% more per square foot than properties let with an F or G rating. On an 800 square foot property, this equates to an average of £360 per year.
The majority of landlords are well prepared, but we calculate that around 7% of properties let in 2017 still need to be brought up to the standard required. Best prepared are London landlords where just 4.9% of properties let last year were lower than an E rating, while in the South West more than 10% of properties did not meet the standard.
At the top of the scale, properties with an A or B rating achieved, on average, 31% more per square foot than F and G rated properties in 2017. On an 800 square foot property, this equates to an average premium of £3,600 per year.
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Fixed rate mortgages have been the most popular type of mortgage by far, which is not likely to come as a surprise given the ultra low rates on offer. With Bank of England Base Rate at rock bottom borrowers like the certainty that fixed rates offer, especially when interest rates look set to climb at some point.
The vast majority have therefore elected to lock their rate down with a fix, given the very competitive deals and the fact that there is little to no chance of Base Rate falling. Against that backdrop why might a variable rate mortgage be a good choice?
It’s not just fixed rates that have improved in the lender rate war and some tracker and discount rates can offer very low rates, slightly undercutting those on corresponding fixed rates. Those that feel there is still a way to go before interest rates start to climb may therefore feel a tracker offers good value.
Secondly, trackers and other variable rate options are far less likely to carry any early repayment charges, which generally apply on fixed deals. These charges tie the borrower in so those that need more flexibility, either to overpay or to keep their options open, will find the freedom of many variable products attractive.
Of course, any borrower that is considering a variable product will need to check that they are well equipped to cope with higher payments, if interest rates do start to climb sooner and/or more quickly than they expected. Looking at the impact of higher rates on the mortgage payment will help a borrower test just how much they value flexibility over security.
It’s unlikely that we will see a big shift from fixed rates towards trackers and borrowers understandably like to know where they stand. However, variable products should not be dismissed and can be a good option for the right borrower.
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