Landlords will be forced to upgrade the energy efficiency of their rental properties under new Government regulations.
The new rules, published yesterday and to apply from next year, place additional requirements on landlords to make sure their properties are up to scratch in terms of fuel efficiency.
Any properties rated as an F or a G on the energy efficiency rankings, the lowest possible ratings, will need to be upgraded for new tenancies by April next year and for existing tenancies by 2020. The move has the potential to save tenants more than £2,000 on their energy bills.
The improvements are currently based on there being no cost to the landlord, with several Government loans and subsidies available. The Clean Growth Strategy, also published yesterday, stated the intention to upgrade as many homes as possible to a C rating by 2030.
The Residential Landlords Association said it fears this would mean upfront costs for landlords that end up being passed on to tenants.
Residential Landlords Association policy director Richard Jones said: “With private rented homes having a substantially older stock of properties, improving the energy efficiency of such housing is difficult and costly.
“We welcome confirmation that landlords will not be required to find the upfront cost of energy improvements themselves and it is important that the funding is clearly and easily available for landlords to make improvements.”