UK government is urged to delay introduction of new energy efficiency targets in the private rental sector

The trade body representing the private rental sector is urging the UK government to delay the introduction of new energy efficiency targets in the private rental sector, with a warning that the move could see rents shoot up, a news report has been able to reveal.

The Residential Landlords’ Association (RLA) maintains the private rental sector is unique in being compelled to hit new energy efficiency targets, with all rental properties required to have a minimum rating of E from April 2018 onwards.

“In our response to the government, we at the RLA have warned costs incurred by landlords in carrying out improvements are likely to be passed to the tenants via rent rises” says a statement from the association.

It says 18 per cent of homes were built before the introduction of cavity walls in 1919 and although the landlord is required to improve the property at his or her expense it is the tenant who benefits from any savings on energy bills.

“Solid wall insulation is also an issue. This is necessary if we are to make older, harder to treat properties energy efficient. However we believe that it is out of reach of the vast majority of landlords financially without some form of public subsidy” says the RLA.

“The government has already delayed the introduction of the register of exemptions to the legislation. We believe that the implementation of the minimum standards themselves should also be put back” it insists.

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