LANDLORDS - NEW DRIVE TO MAKE ALL RENTAL PROPERTIES IMPROVE ENERGY EFFICIENCY
In an article out this week by Graham Norwood of Lettingagenttoday he reports that a Bill is being introduced into both Houses of Parliament this week which will ramp up the pressure on the private rented sector to become even more energy efficient.
The Minimum Energy Performance of Buildings Bill is described by its supporters as being vital for the achievement of net zero - a buzzword term which means that the amount of carbon dioxide added by the country is no more than the amount taken away as a result of significant reductions in emissions.
Backers of the Bill say it will help the government see that all private rental homes are EPC band C or below by 2028, and that all homes - including owner occupied ones - should be EPC band C by 2035. In addition mortgage lenders should ensure an EPC band C average for their portfolios by 2030.
Leading for the Bill in the House of Lords, Lord Foster says: “I have been campaigning on this Bill for over two years: it puts in place government policy, so I call upon ministers to support it and give time for it to receive a 2nd Reading in the House of Lords. This is essential for the achievement of net zero targets.”