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KEYWORD "Energy Efficiency" - 100 RESULTS
Eco-Improvements demanded by most tenants - new bank survey

A small survey by a bank suggests that almost 100% of buy to let investors surveyed have received requests from tenants...

14 June 2024

From: Breaking News

Proposed Capital Gains Tax rise would hit rental sector

A political party has proposed that Capital Gains Tax be equalised with Income Tax - meaning landlords and investors who sold...

13 June 2024

From: Breaking News

Lloyds Bank rental property initiative signs PropTech deal

Citra Living, the Build To Rent offshoot of Lloyds Banking Group, continues with its growth strategy into the private rental sector. Citra...

04 June 2024

From: Breaking News

Rental Eco-grants and first time buyer help - Rightmove’s Election Wishlist

Rightmove has produced five core demands on behalf of the rental sector, which it would like the next government to meet. These...

31 May 2024

From: Breaking News

Beefed Up EPC must be priority for next government - call

Political parties should not allow the lengthy General Election campaign to delay work on a new and beefed-up Energy Performance Certificate...

30 May 2024

From: Breaking News

Yes to Regulation and No to Rent Controls - Propertymark

Propertymark wants Northern Ireland’s Department for Communities to regulate property agents via professional bodies such as itself. The Department for Communities is...

20 May 2024

From: Breaking News

Brexit and High Interest Rates pose major challenges to agents

Letting agents believe Help to Buy has been the most positive influence to the property market in recent times, while on...

16 May 2024

From: Breaking News

Political Chaos is perfect time to ditch rent controls - housing bodies

The political chaos in Scotland presents sensible politicians with an ideal chance to resent housing policies and ditch rent controls. That’s the...

29 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Extraordinary 200 amendments to Renters Reform Bill in Commons today

There’s a huge number of amendments to the Renters Reform Bill, which has its Third Reading in the House of Commons...

24 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Bank aims to support building of new rental homes

NatWest Group has announced a new package of what it calls ”targeted lending and support” to help local councils provide more...

27 March 2024

From: Breaking News

Energy Efficiency - new RICS standard for agents to launch this year

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors has launched a new Residential Retrofit Standard in a bid to help the housing industry...

19 March 2024

From: Breaking News

Carbon Neutral Claim by large lettings and sales agency group

Leaders Romans Group claims to have achieved carbon neutrality for a second consecutive year.  A statement claims LRG has undertaken “several notable...

07 March 2024

From: Breaking News

Nationwide demands four tax changes to help the private rental sector

Nationwide has taken the unusual step of using its buy to let lending arm - The Mortgage Works - to make...

05 March 2024

From: Breaking News

Mould and Damp: Agents should act now, says Propertymark

Propertymark has used its website and link with a property inspection service to urge letting agents to work with private tenants...

26 February 2024

From: Breaking News

Surge in interest for energy efficient homes - Rightmove data

There’s been a surge in enthusiasm for energy efficient homes according to research from heat pump advocates OVO. It says that a...

20 February 2024

From: Breaking News

Heating Private Rental Properties - council claims EPC success

The number of private tenants in properties that are hard to heat has fallen, a council claims. As agents will know private...

06 February 2024

From: Breaking News

Experts want major reforms of EPCs and better trained assessors

The Building Research Establishment - which undertakes research, advice, training, testing, certification and standards-setting for the housing sector - is calling...

01 February 2024

From: Breaking News

Rent controls and EPC laws must be discussed with agents - Propertymark

Scottish councils must engage with letting agents and landlords if radical rental reforms have any chance of working. Propertymark argues that the...

31 January 2024

From: Breaking News

Built To Rent wins lavish praise from property management report

A property management firm claims that energy efficiency is apparently renters’ most important quality when choosing a place to live.  Centrick says...

30 January 2024

From: Breaking News

Renters Reform Bill won’t take effect until late 2024 at the earliest

David Cox, the former ARLA chief executive, says the earliest that the Renters Reform Bill could come into effect is late...

09 January 2024

From: Breaking News

Seven Tips this lettings agency is giving its landlord clients

Online rental platform Lettingaproperty is telling landlords to take a strategic approach to property management in 2024, to help navigate legislative...

08 January 2024

From: Breaking News

Tenants Scammed - new guidelines for agents to give renters

Propertymark is telling member agents to be aware of potential risks and help educate tenants to lookout for common scams, especially...

04 January 2024

From: Breaking News

Renters Reform Bill causing unease amongst investors - agency

The Jackson-Stops agency is warning that the Renters Reform Bill is driving investors away - and making the market worse, not...

28 December 2023

From: Breaking News

Over 90% of homes could meet EPC rating C or higher - claim

A major property industry supplier claims that the housing sector could meet government targets to improve the Energy Performance Certificate ratings for homes.  Landmark...

20 December 2023

From: Breaking News

Rental Sector Won't Become Energy Efficient without Incentives - claim

Propertymark has urged the government to do more to help the country’s most vulnerable citizens heat their homes.   Office for National Statistics...

19 December 2023

From: Breaking News

EPC Change On The Way? New energy ratings planned by government

The government has launched a public consultation on a radical new UK home energy rating system to replace the long-standing Standard...

18 December 2023

From: Breaking News

Fairer Rental Sector is key Propertymark demand for Budget

Propertymark has laid out its proposals to the Scottish Government ahead of its 2024-25 Budget next week. The letting agents’ trade body...

15 December 2023

From: Breaking News

Surveyors warn: Landlords can’t keep their heads above water

Private landlords are abandoning their property portfolios in unprecedented numbers, a group of surveyors claims. The Manchester-based chartered surveyors and auctioneers -...

14 December 2023

From: Breaking News

Energy Efficiency - owners all at sea over where to start

Almost two in five UK owners - landlords and homeowners - now consider improving the energy efficiency of their property an...

08 December 2023

From: Breaking News

Expensive rental eco-heat scheme needs rethink - top agent

A consultation to introduce boilers into homes and the private rented sector needs ‘more carrot than stick’ according to a prominent...

07 December 2023

From: Breaking News

Agency group hits eco-target eight years ahead of schedule

Leaders Romans Group claims it reached carbon neutrality in 2022, eight years ahead of its original target of 2030.  The firm says...

05 December 2023

From: Breaking News

New energy efficiency U-turn welcomed by leading agency

It looks like more politicians are preparing a U-turn on energy efficiency rules for the private rental sector. Media reports indicate there...

24 November 2023

From: Breaking News

Agents’ chief warns MPs on need for court reform and more bailiff capacity

Propertymark has called on the government to retain the option of fixed-term tenancies in the private rental sector where it is...

15 November 2023

From: Breaking News

Politicians want to take ‘harder line’ with rogue agents

Harlow council says it wants to take a harder line against agents and landlords who knowingly let unsafe and substandard properties...

20 October 2023

From: Breaking News

Labour should champion lettings agent regulation - Propertymark

Propertymark has urged Labour to licence letting agents under its plans to ‘fundamentally reform the private rented sector’. The trade body also...

09 October 2023

From: Breaking News

Sunak slammed for U-turn on private rental energy efficiency

An industry body - the Property Energy Professionals Association - has condemned the Prime Minister’s abandonment of Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards...

02 October 2023

From: Breaking News

RICS tells Tories - do more to improve supply of rental properties

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors is launching its manifesto at this week’s Tory party conference - and improving the supply...

02 October 2023

From: Breaking News

EPC U-turn - Agent welcomes Sunak’s change of heart

The lettings chief in a prominent regional agency says she’s delighted that Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has done a dramatic U-turn...

29 September 2023

From: Breaking News

EPC Relaxation: warning that boiler grant awareness still low

Propertymark has given strong support to the government’s “flexible and affordable” approach to the green policy agenda,  Timothy Douglas, Head of Policy...

22 September 2023

From: Breaking News

Hot Stuff! Top agent welcomes Sunak’s eco U-turn

A leading agent has welcomed the dramatic U turn by the government on how it is to meet its net zero...

21 September 2023

From: Breaking News

Foot Off The Gas - boiler ban deadline may be eased

The Times is reporting that a delay to the controversial ban on gas boilers is being considered by the government as...

20 September 2023

From: Breaking News

Low-EPC homes already tough to sell to landlords - new survey

A new survey reveals that rental properties with an EPC rating below C are already more difficult to sell to other...

19 September 2023

From: Breaking News

Gove tells agents to identify and remedy damp and mould issues

New directives issued by the government put the emphasis firmly on private landlords and their letting agents to take responsibility for...

11 September 2023

From: Breaking News

Agency demands government clarity over new EPC rental targets

A leading property agency is demanding more certainty over new Energy Performance Certificate regulations.  Fisher German says the government should act now...

04 September 2023

From: Breaking News

Agents demand incentives to make EPC improvements

Propertymark is backing a call for financial help for landlords who improve the energy efficiency of their properties. The think tank E3G...

04 September 2023

From: Breaking News

Agency pushes Build To Rent advantages over Buy To Let

Knight Frank, in conjunction with Build To Rent operator Moda Living, has published a highly supportive report about BTR. Creating what it’s...

31 August 2023

From: Breaking News

EPC Ratings - rental sector won't improve without grants, warns legal expert

A legal expert says there is too little practical help available to transform the energy efficiency reputation of the private rental...

23 August 2023

From: Breaking News

Renters Reform Bill teach-in for agents and landlords

Letting agents and landlords operating in South Warwickshire are being encouraged to take part in the next industry forum on Wednesday...

23 August 2023

From: Breaking News

Net Zero - Lettings PropTech firm to provide energy efficiency data

Kamma - the PropTech firm which until now has been best known for monitoring rental sector licensing regimes - is now...

22 August 2023

From: Breaking News

EPCs and Energy Efficiency - Agents' five point plan for change

Propertymark has set out a five point plan to improve the status and usefulness of the Energy Performance Certificate and to...

18 August 2023

From: Breaking News

EPCs and Energy Efficiency - agents to discuss issue this autumn

A consultation setting out proposals to reform domestic and non-domestic energy performance certificates has been opened by the Scottish Government.  It feels...

10 August 2023

From: Breaking News

Energy Efficiency teach-in for agents happens tomorrow

Rightmove will host a webinar for agents tomorrow at 10:00am focused on tenergy efficiency, Energy Performance Certificates and greener homes. The portal...

02 August 2023

From: Breaking News

Stricter EPCs - Rightmove warns it could take DECADES to retrofit

A new analysis by Rightmove suggests it could take literally decades for the private rental sector to conform with stricter energy...

28 July 2023

From: Breaking News

Rishi Sunak hints at fundamental reform of EPC system

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has thrown his weight behind Housing Secretary Michael Gove’s proposals to delay deadlines for EPC improvements in...

27 July 2023

From: Breaking News

EPC targets threaten private rental sector if they are unchanged

Stricter proposals for energy efficiency under review by the government risk damaging the private rental sector if they remain unchanged. That’s the...

26 July 2023

From: Breaking News

Agents tell Gove they’re disappointed with housing pledges

Propertymark has branded the plans by Housing Secretary Michael Gove to increase housebuilding “disappointing”. Nathan Emerson, Propertymark chief executive, says: “The UK...

26 July 2023

From: Breaking News

EPC changes to rental properties to be ‘relaxed’ - Gove

Housing Secretary Michael Gove has this morning said his government should ‘relax the pace’ of EPC reforms expected from private landlords. In...

23 July 2023

From: Breaking News

Shock at size of fall in landlord instructions

The results of the latest RICS UK Residential Survey, out today, point to a renewed worry about the housing market. The survey...

13 July 2023

From: Breaking News

Cost of compliance with new EPC rules will be huge

A new assessment of the average cost to a UK property owner of improving their EPC rating suggests it’s soared to...

30 June 2023

From: Breaking News

Energy efficiency targets ARE popular with rental sector - claim

According to new research from Mortgage Advice Bureau, two-fifths of landlords believe that new EPC requirements are important for the environment and will...

22 May 2023

From: Breaking News

Government move raises hope of cash help for energy improvements

One of the UK governments has backed a call for private landlords to get cash help to meet new Minimum Energy...

03 May 2023

From: Breaking News

Report identifies tenants most at risk from EPC rule changes

London’s renters are most at risk from finding their homes either being un-lettable or their landlord selling up due to the...

19 April 2023

From: Breaking News

Message to Gove: EPC rule changes “devastating” for rental sector

A lettings agency chief says tighter EPC targets will be “devastating” for the private rental sector. Ben Quaintrell - managing director of...

14 April 2023

From: Breaking News

Many renters want government help for first time buyers

New research from The Mortgage Lender reveals that 44 per cent of renters would like more cost-of-living support from the government. Specifically...

14 April 2023

From: Breaking News

RICS slams government over energy strategy “lacking ambition”

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors has accused the government of lacking ambition in its new energy strategy. The government's revised strategy,...

13 April 2023

From: Breaking News

RICS slams government over energy strategy “lacking ambition”

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors has accused the government of lacking ambition in its new energy strategy. The government's revised strategy,...

04 April 2023

From: Breaking News

Buying agent reports landlords willing to sell at a loss

Jo Eccles, director of London-focussed buying agency and property consultancy Eccord, says she is witnessing some landlords willing to quit the...

03 April 2023

From: Breaking News

Shamplina leads lettings forum at Propertymark extravaganza

Paul Shamplina, the chief commercial officer at Landlord Action and arguably the biggest name in the lettings sector today, is to...

31 March 2023

From: Breaking News

Speculation grows about future changes to EPCs

Speculation is growing that the deadline for the private rental sector to meet new Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards for new tenants...

30 March 2023

From: Breaking News

Sean Hooker - Head of Redress for the Property Redress Scheme

Introduce yourself A: My name is Sean Hooker. I have worked for the HFIS group for sixteen years, originally helping set...

23 March 2023

From: 60 Second Interview

New tool for agents “to assess climate change risk”

A new tool is being marketed by industry supplier Landmark with the claim that it helps agents “assess climate change risk.” The...

23 March 2023

From: Breaking News

Shelter angry at Hunt’s ‘nothing about housing’ Budget

Campaigning charity Shelter is angry with Chancellor Jeremy Hunt over his Budget  While most in the property industry have expressed relief that there...

16 March 2023

From: Breaking News

Tax incentives for rental sector - top agent’s plea to Chancellor

A prominent agent and former RICS residential chairman has made an impassioned plea to the government to help the private rental...

14 March 2023

From: Breaking News

Energy Efficiency increasingly important to would-be tenants

Good EPC ratings are increasingly important for tenants when considering which properties to rent, it’s been claimed. Nicky Stevenson, managing director of...

13 March 2023

From: Breaking News

Tenant demand still on the rise as RICS calls for Budget help

The latest market snapshot from the Royal Institution for Chartered Surveyors - out today - shows tenant demand continuing to increase...

09 March 2023

From: Breaking News

New EPC every three years, suggests accreditation scheme

Energy Performance Certificates must change to properly support reaching net zero, tackling fuel poverty and improving buildings, according to an energy...

02 March 2023

From: Breaking News

Revealed - the cost of improving a rental home’s EPC

New analysis of the English Housing Survey by the Building Research Establishment has found that excessively cold homes in England could...

02 March 2023

From: Breaking News

Rental property energy efficiency soars - new figures

There’s been a 165 per cent increase in the number of private rental homes with an Energy Performance Certificate rating of...

01 March 2023

From: Breaking News

Are EPCs reliable for estimating energy efficiency?

Shocking new research shows that Energy Performance Certificates are inaccurate at best, useless at worst, and easily rigged. A Sunday Times report...

28 February 2023

From: Breaking News

EPC changes - investors admit they need help to meet targets

A new survey of landlords has revealed a patchy record of awareness of new energy efficiency regulations for the rental sector. The...

27 February 2023

From: Breaking News

Agency backs controversial clean air zone concept

Newcastle-based lettings agency Seekers is backing a clean air zone in its city.  The agency’s two cars, both Volkswagen ID-3s, are part...

27 February 2023

From: Breaking News

Energy Efficiency - industry chiefs demand rental sector action

The British Property Federation, which typically has relatively little to say about the private rental sector, has issued a series of...

22 February 2023

From: Breaking News

Improving rental sector EPCs will require cash - and plenty of it…

Propertymark wants to see more energy-efficient homes, but with realistic targets and incentives to act. In its submission to the government ahead...

31 January 2023

From: Breaking News

Energy Efficiency Regs will reduce housing supply - claim

Housebuilders have branded a west country council’s decision to ask for all new homes to be net zero as ‘unaffordable' and...

30 January 2023

From: Breaking News

Net Zero Targets - Why no help for private rental sector to meet them?

Propertymark is querying why there’s no help for the private rental sector to meet energy efficiency targets expressed in a new...

17 January 2023

From: Breaking News

Tax incentives best way to improve rental EPCs - claim

The government has been accused of pushing up the cost of home insulation because of a poorly timed public campaign. The National...

11 January 2023

From: Breaking News

It's War! Call for 'national mobilisation' to improve EPCs

An all-party and influential committee of MPs says the UK should be put on a war footing to improve the energy...

09 January 2023

From: Breaking News

Gove told of agents’ worries about rash of council licensing schemes

Propertymark has written to Housing Secretary Michael Gove outlining its concerns about the latest licensing scheme proposal from a local council. The...

04 January 2023

From: Breaking News

Plummeting commercial property - an alternative to buy to let?

A new survey of over 8,000 commercial estate agents indicates a challenging 2023 - suggesting a possible alternative investment option for...

04 January 2023

From: Breaking News

Energy Efficiency - agents say new schemes must be rental-friendly

Propertymark wants the Department for Business, Energy, and Industrial Strategy to widen access to cash help to those that need it...

30 December 2022

From: Breaking News

Leading agent writes to Gove with ‘lay off the rental sector’ message

A prominent letting agent has written an open letter to Housing Secretary Michael Gove, calling for a halt on government attacks...

19 December 2022

From: Breaking News

Labour MP attacks Airbnb hosts for “exploiting” housing crisis

A Labour MP has attacked Airbnb hosts and others in the short lets business, accusing them of “this exploitation of housing...

08 December 2022

From: Breaking News

Tenants will pay more for low-carbon home - Build To Rent firm’s claim

Research released today by Legal & General, a player in the Build To Rent sector, claims that renters are willing to...

02 December 2022

From: Breaking News

Controversial Boiler Upgrade Scheme to be scrutinised by politicians

The controversial Boiler Upgrade Scheme - which Propertymark say is so complex many people don’t think it’s worth applying to -...

22 November 2022

From: Breaking News

Solar panel installations boom in push for improved EPCs

As energy prices have increased 70 per cent in the UK this year, so more homeowners have fitted small-scale solar panel...

17 November 2022

From: Breaking News

People ignorant of EPC ratings despite new rental regulations

With EPC ratings now a prominent part of letting a property, with stricter government regulations likely, new research suggests substantial numbers...

16 November 2022

From: Breaking News

Cut taxes and make them simpler! Agents’ plea to government

With only 48 hours to go before the Autumn Statement confirms stealth tax rises and massive public spending cuts, Propertymark has...

15 November 2022

From: Breaking News

Tenants hot under the collar about energy efficiency, survey claims

A survey promoted by campaigners for smart meters claims most renters don’t believe their properties to be as energy efficient as...

03 November 2022

From: Breaking News

Change EPCs and use stamp duty to make homes greener - call

With the private rental sector stressed at the prospect of stricter energy efficiency rules in the coming years, the body representing...

02 November 2022

From: Breaking News

Spread of Green Mortgages key to improving rental sector EPCs

Green mortgage discounts could be a key tool in helping landlords make the energy efficiency upgrades necessary to achieve an EPC...

31 October 2022

From: Breaking News

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