12 May

Eco-friendly boost for houses to rent in Portsmouth

Eco-friendly boost for houses to rent in Portsmouth

Landlords with property to rent in Portsmouth may soon have to ensure their rental homes are energy efficient.

Climate change secretary Chris Huhne has announced that under the proposed energy bill, buy-to-let investors will be legally obliged to make their rental properties meet a certain level of energy efficiency from 2016.

Houses to rent in Portsmouth may require work to become more eco-friendly, however West Sussex County Council is providing plenty of inspiration for landlords to reduce their carbon footprints.

The local authority switched off its electrics as part of National Climate Week and Earth Hour in March, saving six tonnes of carbon dioxide from entering the atmosphere, the Portsmouth News reports.

The UK Green Building Council has welcomed the announcement, saying the bill places "stronger emphasis" on the need for landlords to update their rental properties.

Buy-to-let investors will have five or six years to update their property to rent in Portsmouth if the bill is passed.ADNFCR-1222-ID-800530977-ADNFCR

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