Section: Heating & Energy Efficiency

Government urged to be more ambitious when it comes to the energy efficiency of rented housing

Posted 08.08.18
Residential Landlords Association (RLA): Article link

Since April, all new or renewed private sector tenancies require properties to have at least an 'E' rating on their Energy Performance Certificate. From 2020 that will apply to all private rented homes.

The Government is considering raising this target to a C rating by 2030 and the RLA is calling on policy makers to be more ambitious for the sector.

In its forthcoming submission to the Treasury ahead of the Budget , the RLA will call for all private rented homes to be as energy efficient as possible.

To achieve this, it wants all work carried out by landlords that is recommended on an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) to be considered a tax deductible repair.

New research by the RLA's research body, PEARL, has found that 37% of landlords with properties rated F or G are unable to afford to bring their property up to at least an E rating.

Previous research by RLA PEARL has found that 61% of landlords reported that tax relief for energy efficiency works would encourage them to improve the energy efficiency of their properties.


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Reporting on August 2018

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