A question that brokers were keen to have answered on the day was 'Do you envisage any change to product pricing or underwriting in relation to energy performance certificates or green-inspired mortgages?'
We put this to Ben Merritt, Director of Mortgages, YBS who responded;
"In the short-to-medium term, we don’t envisage any change to product pricing or underwriting in relation to energy performance certificates or green-inspired mortgages."
“There is no doubt the mortgage industry, like others, is in the process of deciding how it will respond to the global climate challenge – in terms of both how providers can protect themselves from the increasing threats posed by extreme weather events in relation to the properties they are lending on, and how they can play a part in incentivising better energy efficiency within the housing market.
“This process of adaptation is being led by regulators, in consultation with lenders. We could arguably view the potential deadline of 2025 being imposed on buy-to-let landlords for complying with the new EPC standards, as a bell weather for more such moves. However, in reality, we think any further significant changes are likely to be some years off. This is because of the need to be clear about everything from the systems required to support alternative underwriting, to the potential impact on owners of older properties, who could find it harder to comply with increased green standards and therefore to access affordable loans.
“Accord, in principle, is committed to encouraging energy efficiency and is both contributing to industry discussions about what that might mean, and considering product innovations to encourage people to upgrade their properties or purchase greener ones. We’ll, of course, announce any specific plans in due course.”
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