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 7 months 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 philip allen

16:07 PM, 30th October 2021, About 7 months ago

Reply to the comment left by Yvonne Francis at 26/10/2021 - 12:39
There are many experts who can advise on insulating your homes. Unfortunately they are rather busy at the moment given that their hands are glued to the M25.

by jackie Lines

14:54 PM, 3rd November 2021, About 7 months ago

I think this will be very interesting when the first bunch of L.L are in court and provide documents on the "quality" of rented accommodation the council is letting out. Their setting themselves up for a fall.

by Seething Landlord

16:12 PM, 3rd November 2021, About 7 months ago

Reply to the comment left by jackie Lines at 03/11/2021 - 14:54
How would that be relevant?

by jackie Lines

16:25 PM, 3rd November 2021, About 7 months ago

Reply to the comment left by Seething Landlord at 03/11/2021 - 16:12
When a council holds its self as arbiter over such matters then one would expect the accommodation they provide to be exemplary.

by Ofer Moses

16:44 PM, 3rd November 2021, About 7 months ago

Councils do not have a vested interest in property they provide in the same way as a private landlord.
They are only concerned with the cost of supply and maintenance and are not accountable, legally or otherwise and are self regulated as to who the tenants are and the condition of the property they provide.
If Grenfell was owned by a private landlord, they would have been crucified!

by Seething Landlord

17:15 PM, 3rd November 2021, About 7 months ago

Reply to the comment left by jackie Lines at 03/11/2021 - 16:25
Tell that to the judge! I guarantee that you will get short shrift. Raising irrelevancies will antagonise the Court, which will only be concerned with whether you are in breach of the Regulations.

If you cannot understand this, please do not attempt to represent yourself in Court, you will be on a hiding to nothing.

by David Price

8:57 AM, 4th November 2021, About 7 months ago

Councils letting substandard property without any control or penalty, illegal parliamentary lobbying without penalty, restrictions on peaceful demonstrations. We are rapidly losing all our democracy.

by jackie Lines

11:27 AM, 4th November 2021, About 7 months ago

Reply to the comment left by Seething Landlord at 03/11/2021 - 17:15well we would have to see , you'd be surprised how many people do and win.

by Seething Landlord

11:46 AM, 4th November 2021, About 7 months ago

Reply to the comment left by jackie Lines at 04/11/2021 - 11:27
Nobody wins a case on the basis that someone else is also in breach - if you are caught speeding it is no defence to claim that others were overtaking you at the time.

Under the MEES regulations it goes further - they only apply to privately rented accommodation so it is impossible for a LA to be in breach.

by David Price

12:33 PM, 4th November 2021, About 7 months ago

Reply to the comment left by Seething Landlord at 04/11/2021 - 11:46
"Under the MEES regulations it goes further - they only apply to privately rented accommodation so it is impossible for a LA to be in breach."

'Fair and proportionate', to quote an anonymous government spolesman, 'Level playing field' to quote another.

Just where is this country heading?


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