New government energy efficiency rules for rented homes raises efficiency standards

New government energy efficiency rules for rented homes raises efficiency standards

New plans laid out by the UK government will make it illegal for private landlords to rent out properties that have poor efficiency standards.

Landlords will be required by law to ensure all of the properties that they rent out, meet an energy efficiency rating of at least Band 'E'The government plans to tackle fuel poverty among low-income and the most vulnerable households. The highest percentage of these households are in the rented sector and should see changes by 2018. exterior bricks The Department for Energy & Climate Change (DECC), estimates that, on average, the difference in heating bills from the least energy efficient homes to those with a Band E energy rating is a massive £880.Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change Edward Davey said:“These new laws will plug the gaps in draughty homes – helping households to keep warm and drive down bills.“Many of the poorest tenants will benefit and, with government support, landlords can improve their properties at no upfront cost.“It’s good news all round and yet another way we’re taking action to ensure that cold homes with bloated energy bills become a thing of the past.”Parliamentary Under Secretary of State Amber Rudd said:“One million homes are already warmer and cheaper to heat as a result of government policies, but we’re not stopping there.“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.”The Green Deal and Energy Company Obligation offers financial support for energy efficiency improvements, which in tandem have improved over a million homes in under two years. This means landlords will not have to find the money to pay to install new boilers and improve insulation. Landlords are in a win-win situation as they will only have to make improvements that are cost effective to their properties.From April 2016, if a tenant requests consent for improvements to make their homes more insulated, warmer and more energy efficient, the landlord cannot unreasonably refuse.The government has plans for a £25 million fund to support the installation of heating systems in off-grid homes. A further half a billion pounds (over three years) is set aside to improve the warmth and efficiency of Britain's homes.John Alker, acting CEO of the UK Green Building Council described the news as "the single most significant piece of legislation to affect our existing building stock in a generation", adding "Government deserves huge credit for sticking to its guns," he added. "Some will undoubtedly cry 'red tape', but good landlords and forward-thinking property companies have nothing to fear. This could provide the impetus needed to upgrade our worst-performing, most energy-hungry rented properties and help to kick-start a multi-million pound market in energy efficiency products and services in the UK."Energy Bill Revolution has been rallying support from local MPs and tirelessly campaigning for this long overdue change to improve the government’s work on energy efficiency matters, raising fuel poverty as an urgent priority across the UK