PLANS to introduce new minimum energy efficiency standards for private landlords were announced in 2011 under the Green Deal.
The plans include a proposal that, from April 2016, landlords will not be able to refuse reasonable requests from tenants or local authorities acting on behalf of tenants, to improve their property, and from April 2018, it will be unlawful to let a house or business premise which has less than an “E” energy efficiency rating.
Richard Maby, head of Savills Henley Lettings, comments: “These proposals are likely to help the most vulnerable (with more than a quarter of a million of the worst insulated rented homes classed as fuel poor) and will ensure at least 682,000 properties will have to be improved.
“In order to assist the sector to manage these upcoming changes to legislation, the Government launched the Energy Company Obligation (ECO) which currently offers landlords the opportunity to apply for a grant towards a broad range of energy saving measures.
“As a result, we would urge any landlord with a property rating of F or G to investigate the possibility of improvements as soon as possible and to take the relevant steps.