Swedish property firm granted €300m EU funds for energy efficient homes

Heimstaden Bostad will use the funds to develop eight residential properties with ‘high energy performance standards’ in five Swedish cities

Solar panels for rent: Tesla launches new offer

CEO Elon Musk says while it is still better to buy solar panels, the rental option ‘makes the economics obvious’

Businesses warned empty industrial units targeted for illegal waste dumping

Waste crime is estimated to cost the UK economy around £604m a year

New energy efficiency rules mean tenants will pay

Tenants are likely to bear the brunt of new energy efficiency laws for the private rental sector. From 2018, it will be illegal for private landlords to rent out properties with ‘F’ and ‘G’ energy efficiency ratings, meaning they will have to pay up to £5,000 for improvements. The Residential Landlords Association (RLA) is worried […]

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 […]

UK renters urged to shop around for energy

More than three quarters of bill-paying Brits living in rented accommodation have never switched their energy suppliers, a new survey reveals. Ofgem’s 2014 Consumer Engagement Survey also found one in five tenants are not aware they can switch to a different supplier. The regulator is urging tenants to shop around for their energy as they […]

Tenants could save £190 on energy bills by switching

Bill payers living in rented accommodation could save an average of £190 by switching energy suppliers, Ofgem reveals. The regulator has published guidance for tenants setting out their energy rights as it believes many may not know the potential gains that could come from switching suppliers. Its survey found 77% of tenants have never switched […]

Huge rent rise for wind farms is bonus for farmers

Farmers are benefiting from rocketing rents over the last decade on the land they let to renewable energy developers, according to new research. A Scottish property consultant found the agreed rent paid to landlords between 2002 and 2011 rose by 250%. CKD Galbraith also found income from rent for wind farm developments increased by 10-15% […]