NEA statement on new private rented sector rules
Today the government has announced that landlords will be required to install energy efficiency measures in homes with the lowest energy performance ratings. They will have to put up to £3,500 of their own money into upgrading the least efficient properties up to a more suitable standard. This is an increase on the £2,500 that was previously put forward by Government after NEA and others proposed that the cap should be set higher. BEIS expect this measure to affect 290,000 properties, which represents around 6% of the overall domestic market. It will also mean that some of these properties will be suitable for ECO money, as PRS properties under a certain efficiency level cannot access the money.
Peter Smith, Director of Policy and Research said “Privately rented homes can cause acute risks for their residents. Whilst there has been some improvement to the previous proposals, seven years after Parliament voted to address this scandal; the vast majority of private landlords are still going to be able to rent out properties which are dangerously cold and damp. The Government themselves admit just over 30% of the least efficient homes will be improved up to the ‘minimum standard’ and in England alone over 35,000 households will still be left living in the deepest fuel poverty trying to keep properties warm that are impossible to heat. “
Note to Editors
- You can see the NEA response to the original consultation here