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The Government has just released a new consultation proposing to amend the energy efficiency regulations for the PRS in England and Whales and raise the minimum EPC rating for rented property to band C.
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The consultation proposal would also allow Councils to impose a fine on landlords of up to £30,000 for non-compliance.
This consultation seeks views on the government’s proposal to amend the Energy Efficiency (Private Rented Property) (England and Wales) Regulations 2015 (from now on referred to as “the PRS Regulations”). The proposed amendments would significantly improve the energy performance of private rented sector homes in the 2020s, in order to:
Deliver significant emission reductions, which will contribute to Carbon Budgets 4 and 5 and support a decarbonisation pathway consistent with our Net Zero 2050 target;
– Decrease bills for low income and vulnerable tenants, in support of the government’s statutory fuel poverty target;
– Increase the quality, value and desirability of landlords’ assets;
– Reduce energy bills for tenants and ensure warmer homes;
– Support investment in high-quality jobs and skills in the domestic retrofit supply chain across England and Wales;
– Provide greater energy security through lower energy demand on the grid and reduced fuel imports.
The detailed proposals for amending the PRS Regulations are set out in Chapter 1 below outlines the preferred policy scenario for improving the energy performance of privately rented homes, comprising four elements:
– Raising the energy performance standard to Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) energy efficiency rating (EER) Band C;
– A phased trajectory for achieving the improvements for new tenancies from 2025 and all tenancies from 2028;
– Increasing the maximum investment amount, resulting in an average per-property spend of £4,700 under a £10,000 cap
– Introducing a ‘fabric first’ approach to energy performance improvements.
The government strongly encourages responses by the 30th December to be submitted online using the Citizen Space link below as this supports timely and efficient analysis of responses.
Or Email to: PRStrajectoryConsultation@beis.gov.uk
When responding, please state whether you are responding as an individual or representing the views of an organisation. Your response will be most useful if it is framed in direct response to the questions posed, though further comments and evidence are also welcome.
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