Eco Clampdown on landlords and fines of up to £5,000

Eco Clampdown on landlords and fines of up to £5,000

14:45 PM, 22nd October 2021, About a month ago 68

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New support for councils to raise awareness and enforce rules banning landlords renting homes with worst-performing energy efficiency ratings has been announced by the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy.

Along with a campaign to fund local radio ads, landlord workshops, free property surveys and a thermal imaging drone for inspections.

Since April last year privately rented homes must meet a minimum energy performance rating of EPC Band E, making it illegal to rent out homes below that unless landlords have a limited exemption. Landlords caught failing to fulfil their obligations can be fined of up to £5,000 per property and per breach.

The £4.3 million of extra funding from the Department for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) to councils across the country is designed to support them make an extra 100,000 engagements with the most difficult to reach landlords with the worst performing properties.

Business and Energy Minister, Lord Callanan, said: “This funding will help councils to support landlords with these important energy efficiency changes, but also enforce these standards, helping tackle fuel poverty and ensuring everyone can live in a warm home with fair energy bills.

“Heating our homes and buildings makes up almost a third of all carbon emissions, meaning raising the energy efficiency of our properties is something we all have to contribute to help us build back greener and reach our world leading climate ambitions.”

The government has set 2035 as the target for all homes across the UK to reach EPC C by 2035



Comments

by Mick Roberts

15:52 PM, 22nd October 2021, About a month ago

Be interesting to see how many Landords sell cause of this & the homeless it causes. If we do get to hear anything.

As when it's to an EPC C, homeless is gonna' be a shocker.

by Helen

16:37 PM, 22nd October 2021, About a month ago

EPC Level E is quite reasonable. However, I wonder how much Council and Social Housing actually adheres to this. Shocking report on BBC the other night about a housing complex in South London (Charles Dickens House) with tenants living in appalling conditions. Private landlords would have been put in prison about this. It's no good when the Council is actually self regulating about this.

by David Price

17:24 PM, 22nd October 2021, About a month ago

Reply to the comment left by at 22/10/2021 - 16:37
It would be amusing if Private landlords regulated council property, boy would we have a field day!

by Mick Roberts

6:56 AM, 23rd October 2021, About a month ago

Reply to the comment left by David Price at 22/10/2021 - 17:24
Ha ha David, we laughing as we have seen lots of evidence over the years.
However we shun't be laughing, as it's only what they do with us, except it's worse, as the people who check our stuff know nothing about renting houses out, have no idea that if a tenant has damaged a door, Landlord ain't fixing it tell tenant paid for it & if we start getting made to fix it when tenant gonna' break again, this then causes homeless.
They have no idea that if they start wanting us to adhere to New build standards, looking after the tenant on cheap rent they can just afford, we can't do that any more.
If u want solid wood doors in a normal residential house (yes the criteria for the accreditation scheme in Nottingham Selective Licensing) then we cannot any longer give u cheap rent. We need proper market rent to pay these extra demands.

Yes if we were to inspect the Councils houses as u say, we KNOW there are two sides to every story. We know a broken door aint just a broken door. It's happened somehow, let's find out how by talking to both sides.

by LaLo

21:27 PM, 23rd October 2021, About a month ago

This will lead to more homeless- I can't see a shop doorway ever achieving EPC C !!!

by Ofer Moses

9:41 AM, 24th October 2021, About a month ago

Landlords are continously being discriminated against.
If written in law, housing conditions, be it EPC ratings, gas safe compliant, having to have an EICR etc etc, this should apply to ALL homes.
In the interests of safety in homes and being compliant with changes required in tackling climate change, laws governing homes must be applied to ALL.
What percentage of homes in the UK are in the PRS?
So for reasons of safety and climate change, legislation is applied only to the PRS, and I guess the government assumes that the vast majority of homes, ie social housing and private homes will just see sense and follow suit without any accountability or liability.
From a legal point of view, we should all be in this together.

by Dylan Morris

9:49 AM, 25th October 2021, About a month ago

Everybody knows private, council and housing association properties don’t contribute to climate change …… only those homes in the PRS.

by Seething Landlord

10:54 AM, 25th October 2021, About a month ago

Whenever new regulations are proposed there is a chorus from landlords pointing out that all that is required is for existing regulations to be properly enforced so I fail to see why anyone should object to this funding which is designed to allow LAs to do just that.

Any landlord who is still letting property that does not meet the E rating is asking for trouble unless a valid exemption is in place.

by don haley

10:57 AM, 25th October 2021, About a month ago

The system goes where the most money can be made i got fed up and so I went to court had my say the reply from the tenants solicitor who asked you to be a landlord and can do like your tenant the judge agreed saying the same adding don't like the rules don't be a landlord what kind society are you creating reply not interested outside the solicitor said am doing my job and there 3k to be had and I want as much as I can get

by Seething Landlord

11:06 AM, 25th October 2021, About a month ago

Reply to the comment left by don haley at 25/10/2021 - 10:57
Sounds like an expensive way for you to learn that you can't ignore the rules, regardless of what you think of them.

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