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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Remortgage borrowing on the rise
The latest figures from the Council of Mortgage Lenders showed that lending had increased substantially year on year. That applied across the board for first time buyers, homemovers and remortgage borrowers alike, reflecting the continued improvement in the mortgage market.
The annual increase in remortgage borrowing was up by a whopping 36%, a clear sign that borrowers are taking advantage of the competitive rates currently on offer. In fact it amounted to the highest volume of remortgage loans in November since 2011.
The level of competition in the market is only likely to increase, which is great news for borrowers as lenders fight hard for their business. As a result, rates have been driven down and have improved across the board, not only for those with a large slice of equity in the property.
It therefore makes sense for borrowers to keep their mortgage under review, especially when it is likely to be the single biggest outgoing for most households. Shaving the rate on a mortgage could equate to a saving of thousands of pounds per annum.
Borrowers can choose from a wide range of product types so may also take the chance to plan ahead for the day when interest rates start to climb. Fixing the mortgage rate will mean that they know exactly where they stand for a period of time. Those that feel rates will remain low for longer and can deal with an increase may prefer a variable or tracking rate.
However, it is important to factor in any costs associated with the switch as fees can mount up and eat into the potential savings. There is a huge range of deals on the market though and many lenders offer help with switching costs.
For some borrowers, a slightly higher interest rate with lower or even no fees will offer better value so it makes sense to shop around. Advice tailored to your individual circumstance and requirements will help navigate the mortgage maze to find the best deal for you.
Guild Mortgage Service, Provided by London & Country Mortgages
YOUR HOME OR PROPERTY MAY BE REPOSSESSED IF YOU DO NOT KEEP UP REPAYMENTS ON YOUR MORTGAGE
The FCA does not regulate most Buy to let mortgages.
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