The Green Deal has fallen on deaf ears according to the latest research from the Association of Residential Letting Agents.
The research found that half (51%) of the landlords questioned hadn’t heard of the Green Deal and over a third (33%) didn’t actually know the energy rating of their buy to lets. Continue reading ARLA Call on Landlords to Think Green
The Green Deal has become law – and landlords must comply with the new energy efficiency measures or risk a ban on letting property.
The Energy Act lays out framework for the government to issue eco-friendly regulations aimed at making homes and commercial buildings warmer and cheaper to run.
Buy to let landlords must comply with the standards from April 1, 2018, and hand over the proof to tenants as an energy performance certificate (EPC).
If a home fails to meet the minimum standards – an E rating on an EPC – the landlord must not let the property until work is carried out to meet the guidlines. Landlords who let a home that breaches the rules could face a fine of up to £5,000. Continue reading Green Light as Green Deal Becomes Law for Landlords
"A third of landlords ignoring the green calls"
More than a third (35%) of buy to let landlords don’t know or don’t care that their rental homes fail to meet minimum energy performance standards.
Around another 17% of landlords suspect their letting properties would not meet the basic standards expected by the government’s new Green Deal.
From 2018, buy to let homes that fail to score more than the minimum will be banned from letting until remedial works are carried out.
Meanwhile, the Green Deal will make funding available for energy efficiency improvements from next year. Continue reading Landlords Not Switched on to Energy Efficiency
"'Ghost' consumer are ramping up bills"
Around 2 million consumers are not paying for gas and electricity due to mix ups over the suppliers.
The main culprits are tenants and home owners who move on without settling their final bills – leaving the new occupants with no clue about who their utility suppliers are.
Two-thirds of consumers are not paying for gas and electricity because the supplier does not recognise them as a customer, even if they have tried to open an account.
Many consumers have not bothered to try to track down their supplier until they receive a bill for up to a year’s worth of supplies and standing orders they have not used. Continue reading ‘Ghost’ Consumers Push up the Cost of Energy Bills
Landlords are under fire for failing to keep buy to let homes warm enough as a tenant’s rights protest coalition claims they should be forced to meet minimum energy standards. Continue reading Heat is on Improving Cold Buy to Let Homes
Almost half of Britain's property owners are wasting at least £100 on energy bills every year
New figures have revealed that almost half of Britain’s homes do not have adequate basic insulation and as a result, are wasting at least £100 in energy bills every year.
Adequately insulated lofts and cavity walls help to cut down energy leakage and therefore energy bills. However, the latest lagging statistics show that only 57% of Britain’s lofts have been properly insulated and only 58% of cavity walls have been filled. Continue reading Property owners wasting money on energy bills
18 new eco-homes are to be completed by July in Kettering
The first few from a series of eco-friendly homes have been unveiled in Kettering after being commissioned by LHA-ASRA. The eight homes are the first of 18 being built on unused allotment land provided by the Kettering Borough Council to be completed.
The two and three bedroom houses meet Level Five of the Government’s Code for Sustainable Homes due to the many uses of eco-technology from photovoltaic solar panels to simple good insulation. Continue reading New eco homes open a view to the future?