Shawbrook announces Energy Efficiency Discount for new Buy-to-Let customers

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Shawbrook has today announced that it will offer new Buy-to-Let mortgage customers an Energy Efficiency Discount, or partial refund, of up to 60bps on their arrangement fee where their property’s Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) rating is ‘A’, ‘B’ or ‘C’.

New customers will be able to obtain the Energy Efficiency Discount on their arrangement fee when an EPC is produced confirming the property’s rating of ‘C’ or above.

For example, on a £250k mortgage a customer could expect to save up to £1,500 on the arrangement fee.

For new mortgages on properties where the EPC rating improves to at least a ‘C’ during the mortgage term, customers can apply for a partial refund of their arrangement fee, plus the cost of the new certificate (up to £100).

Where customers wish to purchase an investment property, but it is EPC rated D or below, the customer can use one of Shawbrook’s unregulated bridging products to improve the energy efficiency of the property, before transitioning to a Shawbrook buy-to-let mortgage.

If the property is improved to a minimum EPC rating of ‘C’ then the customer will benefit from the Energy Efficiency Discount.

Shawbrook has announced this incentive as part of its commitment to supporting landlords on their journey to becoming more energy efficient ahead of current proposals from the UK government, which will require all properties beginning a new tenancy by 2025 to have an energy efficiency certification rating of C or above.

The changes are to be phased in, starting with all new tenancies from 2025 then all tenancies from 2028.

Currently, the median EPC rating for a residential property in England and Wales is a ‘D’, with properties only required to be above an ‘E’ rating in order to be let.

Research conducted by Shawbrook as part of its Confronting the EPC Challenge whitepaper, earlier in the year, found that close to a quarter (23%) of landlords said their properties are currently rated D or below for energy efficiency.

In terms of income, landlords believed they could lose up to £9.5k a year in missed rental payments if they are unable to make changes ahead of the 2025 deadline.

Landlords are currently expecting the improvements to cost in the region of £5,900.

Emma Cox, MD of Real Estate at Shawbrook, comments:

“At Shawbrook, we are committed to helping landlords become more energy efficient and actively contributing to a greener future.

This product enhancement not only incentivises landlords to improve the energy efficiency rating of their property, but it also actively rewards customers when a property already has a high energy efficiency rating.

By showing proactivity now, landlords will be in a strong position for the future and one step ahead of the upcoming changes to EPC regulation, which have been proposed for 2025 for new tenancies and 2028 for outstanding tenancies.

From the EPC research we conducted earlier in the year and the roundtable we hosted with leading industry figures, we have been able to understand just how significant these policy changes could be for the market.

We’ve listened to landlords and brokers to identify what is needed and where we can make a real difference.

This product enhancement is just the first in a long line of developments and innovations we will be making to continue supporting landlords.”