The founder and CEO of eMoov has launched a petition to scrap European energy performance certificates (EPCs), branding them “pointless pieces of bureaucratic wastefulness”.

Russel Quirk said his aim was to save the country millions of pounds through the petition by urging Parliament to get rid of the assessments.

They have been a mandatory requirement for sellers and landlords since 2007 following an EU directive.

Russel said: “I have launched this national petition in order to get rid of EPCs and the unnecessary cost to the consumer of paying for them.

“When introduced as part of the failed Home Information Pack in 2007 they were widely criticised as pointless and wasteful by the property industry.

“Thousands of inspectors have had to be trained and then re-trained under adapted legislation, forced upon us by an EU directive that, now that we have voted for Brexit, can be unwound.

“EPCs are of no benefit to anyone and have created a bureaucratic burden on home sellers, landlords and estate agents.”

If 100,000 signatures are achieved then Parliament will consider debating the issue.

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