8 Feb

Landlords must obey new efficiency regulations

Landlords must obey new efficiency regulations

Regulations could help to reduce energy bills for millions of tenants from 2018.

Landlords will be prevented from renting out properties that are rated F and G in terms of energy efficiency once the new plans come into force.

It is hoped the regulations will save around a million tenants up to £1,000 per year because they will not be forced to live in poorly insulated properties.

The government believes the new legislation will play a key role in improving the quality of the housing stock across England and Wales.

Ed Davey, the energy and climate secretary, explained it will encourage landlords to upgrade the energy efficiency of many homes, otherwise they will be unable to let them out.

At present, around ten per cent of privately rented homes in England and Wales are classed below the E rating.

"This is a very big measure. Effectively, we're saying, if you do not improve your property up to the minimum of EPC [Energy Performance Certificate] E rating by three years’ time, you will not be able to let out that property," Mr Davey told the Guardian.

"We’re talking about the deepest fuel poverty, and we're going after it hard, because it's frankly unacceptable in this day and age."

The secretary refused to put an estimate on the potential cost to landlords for making improvements, but stressed a number of government schemes such as the green deal could provide some financial support for necessary work.

Richard Lambert, chief executive officer of the National Landlords Association, backed the introduction of the new regulations and said they are realistic.

He added: "Setting the standard at a sensible rather than aspirational level, allowing time to achieve it, and granting exemptions if the necessary improvements cannot be funded through the green deal or other government subsidies mean that these new regulations will not impose an unreasonable burden."ADNFCR-1222-ID-801774289-ADNFCR

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