Landlords face up to £30k fine for lack of electrical safety

Landlords could face tough penalties of up to £30,000 for failing to reduce the risk of electric shocks or fires caused by electrical faults for private tenants. The UK Government is proposing five yearly mandatory electrical installation safety checks for all private rented properties and safety certificated for tenants to prove checks and repair work […]

Rural landlords call for review of new efficiency rules

A group of rural landlords have demanded a review of new energy efficiency legislation to be introduced next year. The Country Land and Business Association (CLA), which represents around 30,000 property owners, says the Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES) need to be clarified as they are currently unenforceable for a large number of properties. The […]

Scotland proposes minimum energy efficiency standards for landlords

The Scottish Government is proposing minimum energy efficiency standards for privately rented homes in the country. It is seeking views on requiring all private rented properties to have a minimum Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) rating of ‘E’ from 2019. It proposes increasing that to EPC level ‘D’ from 2022. Landlords would have six months from […]

Renters paying ‘£161m more for energy’

A fifth (19%) of landlords with three or more properties have prevented tenants from switching suppliers, which has led to them overpaying for energy. New research also revealed more than one in 10 landlords admitted to denying private tenants their right to switch energy companies. That has added at least £161 million to their gas […]

Heat metering ‘modern solution for district heating’

Heat meters in district networks help bring benefits for both suppliers and customers. That was the general view of participants at an ENER-G Switch2 seminar in London today where changes to the Heat Meter Regulations were explained. Industry experts believe using meters in district heating networks can help increase efficiency, reduce consumption and tackle fuel poverty. District […]

No Let! Renting out inefficient homes banned

Landlords across England and Wales will be banned from renting out energy inefficient homes from April 2018. They will be required by law to upgrade their leakiest properties and make it more efficient, with a rating of at least Band ‘E’. A typical Band C home faces energy bills that could be £1,000 lower than […]

Renewable heating boost for social landlords

More social landlords and tenants could soon benefit from renewable heating following changes to the government’s support scheme. From Spring 2015, registered social landlords will no longer need to have had a Green Deal energy efficiency assessment to apply for Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) payments as long as they have an Energy Performance Certificate that […]

Renting a home or office? Soon it MUST hit minimum energy efficiency standard

Ministers have laid out plans to make sure all rented homes and business properties hit a certain energy efficiency standard. UK buildings must emit “close to zero” carbon by 2050 if the UK is to fall in line with legal targets, according to ministers. In a consultation paper released on Friday, Energy Secretary Ed Davey […]

Minimum energy efficiency standards for landlords – fuel poverty proposals

Proposals to give domestic tenants the right to request their landlords to carry out energy efficiency improvements from 2016 has been published. The least energy efficient rental properties would not be allowed to be let until they are improved to an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) rating of Band E, the Government said. It is part […]

Landlords urged to get energy saving

Landlords are being urged to get energy saving measures for their rental homes before they are forced to by new laws. 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 […]