Home information packs set back

The government has been forced to delay the introduction of home information packs, which would show home buyers the energy efficiency of properties

A requirement for the packs, which would include an energy performance certificate (EPC) giving homes an A-G rating, to accompany every property sale, was due to come into force next week.

But on Tuesday the Department of Communities and Local Government said their introduction has been put back to 1 August. They will also be limited for the foreseeable future to 4-bedroom homes – under 20% of the market – because of a shortage of energy assessors.

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