New measures requiring landlords to install energy efficiency measures
were announced today by the Government that are expected to save private tenants in England and Wales an average of £180 a year on their bills.
The new measures will go further in requiring landlords to contribute to the cost of upgrades. During 2019, those properties with an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) rating of F or G - the lowest two energy efficiency ratings available - must be improved by landlords before they can be put on the rental market for new tenancies.
This is expected to cost an average £1,200 and will affect 290,000 properties - around 6% of the overall domestic market. Examples of measures include: , low energy lighting, installing floor insulation or increasing loft insulation. If upgrades will cost more than £3,500, landlords will be able to register for an exemption.
These changes are expected to save households an average of £180 a year while reducing carbon emissions and potentially increasing property values with analysis showing the cost to the landlord would be more than offset by the increase in property value.
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”.