From This is Money:
From October, the key part of the controversial packs, the Energy Performance Certificate, will be valid for three years rather than one.
It is a sign that Labour wants to avoid forcing cash-strapped homeowners to pay for two or even more £100 EPCs on a home which is stuck on the market.
The move comes as the housing market shows signs of being ‘virtually paralysed’, according to a report from the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.
Less than one home per week is being sold by estate agencies in London, the South-East and the South-West.
One RICS member said: ‘There is almost no residential market.’ Another said: ‘It will be a lonely winter for agents.’
A spokesman for the Department for Communities and Local Government said: ‘With the change to three-year validity of Energy Performance Certificates we are providing the increased flexibility that many sellers were asking for.’…