Energy-efficient rentals to be mandated

Landlords to be banned from letting energy-inefficient homes

5 February 2015, source edie newsroom

Resource use ‘must be separated from economic growth’, says UNEP

By April 2018, landlords in England and Wales will be legally required to upgrade their leakiest properties to an energy efficiency rating of at least Band E, which could save tenants up to £880 a year on their heating bills.

One million homes are already warmer and cheaper to heat as a result of government policies, but we’re not stopping there,” said the Government’s Parliamentary Under Secretary for Energy Amber Rudd.

These new regulations will drive bills down in some of the worst-insulated homes where up to 1 million tenants are paying too much to keep warm. It’s also good news for landlords, who can benefit from improved properties with the financial support of the Green Deal and other schemes, and a real boost to the industry.

Financial support for landlords will be made available through the Green Deal and Energy Company Obligation, while tenants will have the right to request efficiency improvements on the property which the landlord cannot unreasonably refuse, as soon as April 2016.

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