It is predicted that around one in ten buy-to-let homes will be totally un-lettable and many more will be below the required energy efficiency standards when new legislation comes in force in five years’ time (2018). That is unless landlords take steps to improve their properties’ energy efficiency.
All landlords should be getting ready now, especially those with older properties, to improve the energy efficiency on a planned basis over this period.
These new laws which take effect in 2018 will make it an offence to rent out your properties with the lower energy efficiency ratings – F and G, after April 2018 at the latest. Tenants will be able to demand that their landlords make improvements to insulation from 2016 onwards – landlords will not be able to refuse tenants’ “reasonable” requests for energy efficiency improvements.
The Government has said there will be consequences for those landlords who do not voluntarily improve the energy efficiency of their properties by a specific time, so really there’s no excuse for not complying, especially as this is a cost-neutral process through the government’s Green Deal.
However, bringing older properties up to standard can be difficult. Especially those older properties with solid stone or brick walls (no cavities), solid floors and various types of roofing materials: achieving sustainable energy efficiency standards can be both technically challenging and expensive.
This is where Marianne and Roger’s excellent book comes in. At around £30 (see special LandlordZONE® reader offer below) this is not a cheap buy, but in terms of the amount of money it could save landlords in bringing their older properties up to standard, it could be worth its weight in gold.
The retro-fitting of older properties to meet the new energy standards, as pointed out above, should be high on every landlord’s list of priorities. But there’s much more to this than putting in layer of loft insulation. Old walls in particular present a myriad of problems, and simple ad hoc remedies can result in more problems than solutions, including introducing damp.
As chartered building surveyor Marianne is well versed in the technical aspects of converting an old house, no matter how old, into a “green” house, or even an “eco” house.
This large format glossy-page book, with ample illustrations and photographs throughout, tackles the myriad of technical insulation and building problem issues: problems and solutions for roofs and ceilings, windows and doors, walls, floors, paints and energy and water systems.
This is a highly proficient reference manual and a veritable bible for builders, landlords and property managers for the repair, refurbishment, upgrading and retrofitting, plus energy efficiency of older buildings of all types, from thatched cottages to terrace tenements.
I can guarantee that even if you have a lot of experience of property development and refurbishment, as I have, you will still learn a great deal from this book.
I can highly recommend it.
Tom Entwistle, Editor
To order Old House Eco Handbook at the special offer price of £24.00 inc UK p&p (RRP: £30.00), please call Bookpoint on 01235 400 400 and quote the code 46OHEH.
Published by Frances Lincoln – Website – www.franceslincoln.com