Landlords to be banned from letting least energy efficient homes

As of April 2018, landlords will be required to ensure any properties they let have an energy efficiency rating of at least band ‘E’, the government has announced. This move is set to benefit fuel poor households, potentially reducing their annual heating bill by up to £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.”

Landlords who do not comply will face penalties. However, they will not be expected to pay out for all energy efficiency improvement measures themselves. Funding is available through the Green Deal scheme and the Energy Company Obligation, to name just two finance options. 

From 1st April 2018, landlords will not be allowed to let ‘F’ and ‘G’ rated properties; existing rental contracts will be allowed to run their course, but these contracts cannot be renewed until landlords take action to improve the energy efficiency of their homes.   

According to statistics released by the Guardian1, almost 10% of privately rented homes in England and Wales currently have energy efficiency ratings below band ‘E’, so this piece of legislation could prove one of the government’s best green initiatives yet.

To read the full Gov.uk press release, please click here

 

1http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/feb/05/landlords-draughty-homes-ban