Improving the energy efficiency of rented accommodation

We are in an energy crisis where millions of people are struggling to afford to pay for enough energy to stay safe, warm, and healthy at home. While the crisis is being driven by very high energy prices, it is being exacerbated by the shockingly poor quality and inefficiency of the UK’s housing stock, with those in the least efficient homes having to pay thousands extra than the typical household just to heat and power their home to a minimum reasonable standard.

We have known for too many years the worst conditions remain in the Private Rented Sector (PRS) but worrying recent evidence suggests any limited progress is now being reversed and three years since consulting on new standards, the UK Government has yet to respond to the consultation on further improvements in the PRS. The below briefing highlights the impact that this on-going delay could have and the benefits of improving the energy efficiency of rented accommodation, to both address the high cost of living while making progress towards net zero.

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