Investors have been buying a lot more energy-efficient properties ever since the government proposed that all new rental properties have an EPC rating of at least a C by 2025.
According to Countrywide, the share of homes bought by investors this year with an EPC rating of A-C is running at 50%, the highest figure on record, and up from 39% in 2021 and 33% in 2020.
The biggest shift has been in London where 66% of new purchases made this year already had an EPC rating of C or above.
London’s landlords tend to buy the most energy-efficient buy-to-lets like homes where improvement works have already been done.
Or flats, built within the last decade which typically carry much better EPC ratings, with almost all awarded a B or C ranking.