MPs and Peers to consider energy efficiency of rented housing

first_imgHome » News » MPs and Peers to consider energy efficiency of rented housing previous nextRegulation & LawMPs and Peers to consider energy efficiency of rented housingAll Party Parliamentary Group for the Private Rented Sector launches inquiry into the energy efficiency in the PRS.The Negotiator14th October 20150581 Views From 1st April 2018, all privately rented properties will be required to have a minimum energy performance rating of E on an Energy Performance Certificate. This is likely to pose significant challenges given that privately rented homes are generally older and harder to treat than properties in other tenures.The Group’s inquiry follows the Government’s decision not to renew the Landlord Energy Savings Allowance in the March Budget. This had originally been introduced to encourage landlords to improve the energy efficiency of the properties they let but was dropped because of low take up.The Government has also ended funding for the Green Deal and a decision by the European Court of Justice earlier this year ruled that the reduced five per cent rate of VAT paid on energy efficiency products can no longer be applied, apart from when used for social rented housing.The Group will consider the impact of recent policy developments on energy efficiency improvements in the private rented sector and make recommendations about what new policies could be developed to support the sector within the Government’s overall ambitions for household energy efficiency and given its efforts to ensure value for taxpayers’ money.Announcing the inquiry, the Group’s Chairman, Oliver Colvile (left), Member of Parliament for Plymouth Sutton and Devonport said, “With the winter months just around the corner, improving the energy efficiency of rented housing is a crucial issue.“With the private rented market under more scrutiny than ever landlords have a challenge to meet the new energy efficiency requirements of their properties.“The Group’s inquiry will look to develop new ideas that will support landlords to meet their new target; save tenants money on their Bills and help improve standards. I would encourage all those with an interest to submit their suggestions.”Those with an interest in these subjects are invited to provide written submissions of no more than 1,500 words to Ed Jacobs on [email protected] by 23rd October.private rented market rented housing energy efficiency energy efficiency of rented housing Energy Performance Certificate October 14, 2015The NegotiatorWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021last_img read more