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Buy to let sector should pay even MORE for energy efficiency, says trade group

It should perhaps come as no surprise that this week’s tightening up of the energy efficiency regulations for the private rental sector has been backed by a heating trade body, the Heating and Hotwater Industry Council.

Under the changes, announced first thing on Monday, landlords will have to fund some of the work required to make some of the least energy-efficient rental properties compliant with minimum requirements.

The payment, up to £3,500, replaces the existing cost exemption which allowed landlords to avoid implementing energy efficiency measures if there were no funding available to recover costs.


Now the HHIC has welcomed the move - but wants landlords to do even more and says the cap should be £5,000 instead of £3,500. 

“When government and industry - ‘those in the know’ - work together then the resulting outcomes are better. I am pleased that the government has recognised that legislation is required in the rental sector to improve EPC ratings. The figure of £3,500 improves upon the suggested £2,500 which would have only helped 30% of homes improve upon their EPC rating” says Stewart Clements, director of the HHIC.

“Having said this, HHIC still believe £5,000 is the correct level for the cap, as it would help close to 60 per cent of cold inefficient (band F and G) homes reach the required EPC level. This is because, the cost of installing a new central heating system can amount to £4,000 - which is £500 above the new cap level” he continues. 

“Insulation alone will not keep a home warm, you need an efficient heating system too. And gas central heating is the most obvious solution.”

Clements says the decision opens a wider debate on the duties landlords have to their tenants. 

He says the amount that tenants pay for rent is often their largest outgoing, yet is one of the least regulated markets in the UK. 

“HHIC believes that like every business and service provider, landlords should be regulated by similar laws to every other market in the UK. This would prevent cold and damp homes from entering the rental market.”

  • Andrew Hill

    How surprising a heating company who likely provides energy efficiency services want landlords to be forced to spend more on their services.

    Crikey. We want our clients to spend more with us. Where's my news story? :p


    It's great when they get impartial opinons isn't it?! I remember thinking that when they had about 3 of the biggest developers into number 10 to consult on the housing crisis!

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    Ha ha... Government and big industry... 'those in the know!'... haha, he made a joke!

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    Cheap, crap houses have always been a problem since we were fighting to get the best caves to live in. If a house has a very low energy efficiency then it was built that way and that is no fault of the owner. Very few people know much about U values and heat conductivity. Some crap houses lend themselves to insulation improvement and some don't. In modern times if a house is thermally poor then that is 100% down to council building control for not stopping it being built. To my mind councils should be paying landlords to fix the council generated problems

    PossessionFriendUK PossessionFriend

    or at the very Least, return L.E.S.A Govt just want to grab any PRS money they can.
    Its called 'take and take'

  • S l
    • S l
    • 08 November 2018 10:33 AM

    Thanks Fred jones. That is exactly why they are targeting landlord shedding their responsibilities. They create the problem in the first place as they approved the build n therefore should be liable for their own mistakes instead of finding a scapegoat to swallow their mistakes . Well done

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    What tosh Sam l and Fred J are spouting. Most of the problem ones are old buildings with solid brick walls and they were built long before planning and building regs were invented. They suffer condensation if not properly ventilated or heated. Go back to sleep and dream of Utopia where we don't pay taxes or interest on borrowed money and do not have an elected dictatorship, that Government for you two dimwits, causing chaos.
    Get a life you fools.


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