Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has
announced this week that the plan to change the regulations pushing private
sector landlords to install energy efficiency measures.
Since earlier this year landlords who own some of the
coldest homes, i.e. those with an F or G EPC rating have been required to
improve these homes but only where there was no cost to them. Following
consultation landlords could be required to pay up to £3500 to improve these
When the amendment was announced Energy and Clean Growth
Minister Claire Perry said:
"While the vast majority of landlords take great pride in
the properties they own, a minority still rent out housing that is difficult to
keep warm. Upgrading these homes so they are more energy efficient is one of
the most effective ways to tackle fuel poverty and help bring down bills for
their tenants, saving them £180 a year.
Everyone should be protected against the cold in their own
home and today’s announcement will bring this reality closer.”
- A landlord financial contribution amendment with
the contribution now capped at £3,500 rather than zero cost to the landlord.
- Where landlords look to seek exemption because
the cost of works is too high they will now need to submit 3 quotes alongside
their application for exemption.
- Existing ‘no cost’ exemptions will expire on a
planned date of April 2020.
- Removing the consent exemption currently
available under Regulation 31(1)(a)(ii) where a tenant has withheld consent to
a Green Deal finance plan.