The Government has announced changes to the Energy Bill to include a new law introducing a legal minimum energy efficiency standard for homes rented from a landlord from 2018. They have also announced the introduction of measures, from 2016, to allow councils and tenants to demand energy efficiency measures from landlords.
Following the introduction of Energy Performance Certificates on marketing material for properties being advertised to rent, the government has announced its intention to set minimum standards for the private rented sector at an EPC rating of E.
The new legislation is looking to be brought in during 2018 which will mean that no privately rented home should be rented to a tenant unless they have an energy performance rating of at least band E, removing some of the very worst and unhealthy housing from the rented market.
Zoe Leader, climate & energy specialist for WWF-UK said:
“The proposed minimum standard of band E for privately rented homes is an important precedent for improving the energy efficiency of our housing stock and most definitely a step in the right direction.
“However, it looks like landlords will not actually be required to improve their properties if they fail to meet the minimum standard unless improvements can be funded by the Green Deal or ECO. Given ongoing uncertainties around these policies, there is a high probability that these proposals will amount to blanket exemption for a significant number of landlords.
“The Government must address these loopholes to ensure landlords are held responsible for the energy efficiency of the homes they profit from.”