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Energy-efficiency regulations announced for private rental sector

From April 2018, landlords will be legally required to raise the energy efficiency of rental properties to at least Band E, the Department of Energy & Climate Change (DECC) has announced.

The Hot Water Association’s external affairs manager Isaac Occhipinti said: “We are extremely disappointed that this announcement falls short of what is needed in the private rented sector. While we are pleased that the government will require landlords to install some energy-efficiency measures, the plans simply don’t go far enough.”

Mr Occhipinti said the government has set a minimum standard for private landlords, which states that only measures that meet the Green Deal Golden Rule can be installed and if any upfront cost is incurred by the landlord then the work does not need to be carried out.

He described the DECC’s decision to link the private rented sector energy-efficiency regulations to Green Deal as bizarre: “It offers the tenant little help in forcing their landlords to take energy efficiency seriously. If a tenant has an old uninsulated hot water cylinder then the landlord isn’t required to replace it as it isn’t a recognised Green Deal measure.”

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