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Written by rosalind renshaw

Parliament has rejected a call to ban rental properties with an EPC rating below E from 2016.

But the Government has not completely ruled it out if insufficient progress is made by landlords to improve the energy efficiency of their properties. Currently, it is sticking to its timetable of 2018, when it will ban rental properties with F and G scores.

But Lord Marland, minister in the Department of Energy and Climate Change, promised to keep deadlines for improving private rented sector properties under review.

Speaking in the House of Lords, he said: “If we do not see reasonable progress, we could consider acting earlier.”

The minister also refused to close a ‘loophole’ that would allow F and G rated properties to continue to be let as long as landlords can demonstrate they have improved their efficiency using the Green Deal scheme.

During the debate on the Energy Bill, the Government did make some minor amendments to the Green Deal scheme, promising to ensure Green Deal assessors “act with impartiality” and promising that the Government will report annually on the take-up of the initiative.

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    If you want to know more about Landlord EPCs click here.

    • 30 January 2012 16:29 PM
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    Are we surprised at anything these days?
    Every day there is more 'thou shalt not' legislation - we are well on the way to becoming controlled by an army of self important commissars!

    • 11 October 2011 15:22 PM
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    Kerry you have hit the nail on the head folllow the debate here
    http://www.linkedin.com/e/-ik8zwt-gtmqbmh4-4q/vaq/71194078/3765259/54534283/view_disc/?hs=false&tok=0bmCrXEXGxh4Y1

    • 11 October 2011 13:44 PM
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    The key phrase here is that Green Deal assessors “act with impartiality” in reality that means they must be seen to be impartial, but not actually be impartial, how can an employed green deal advisor working for a green deal provider be fully impartial? we now know that epc panel companies are moving in on the green deal advisor role, and will probably help drive down indie advisor fee's, the green deal is shaping up to be the biggest farce of all time, because of the weak link green deal advisor impartiality issue, it's dea fiasco mark two in the making!.

    • 11 October 2011 12:12 PM
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