Lettings chiefs have responded with disappointment to the government’s announcement that it is scrapping the Green Deal.
The scheme offered cashbacks and incentives to landlords and owner occupiers on such insulation, boilers and other energy efficiency improvements.
The Department for Energy and Climate Change says it took the decision to protect taxpayers, citing low take-up and concerns about industry standards.
But David Cox, managing director of the Association of Residential Lettings Agents says the decision will mean that the deadlines outlined for private rented properties to acquire an Energy Performance Certificate rating of an E may become impossible to implement.
“The Green Deal allowed landlords to make their properties energy efficient at no upfront cost to themselves, and without the funding, how can these regulations be implemented? We are calling on the government to review these changes, as a matter of urgency” says Cox.