As you will undoubtedly have heard, the Government is proposing that from April 2018, it will be illegal to let any property with an energy performance rating of F and G.
To help landlords improve the energy efficiency of their property, the Government launched a flagship energy initiative, the Green Deal, at the start of the year.
Under the Green Deal, the cost of energy efficiency improvements, such as loft and wall insulation, and installment of solar PV panels, will be paid through a loan attached to the property’s energy bills. However, due to the energy savings achieved by the improvements, the energy bill will never be higher than it would have been if the work had not been carried out.
The NLA has launched NLA Green Deal, a complete Green Deal solution which will enable landlords to make energy efficiency improvements to their properties with ease. From assessing the eligibility of your properties to finding a Provider and installing the improvements, NLA Green Deal will provide landlords with a complete Green Deal solution.
Landlords have until 2018 to ensure their properties have an energy performance rating of at least an E. The NLA is currently sitting on the Private Rented Sector Regulations Working Group, established by the Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC), which has been tasked with devising recommendations on the implementation of the 2018 regulations.
The NLA is planning to put forward a proposal and we want to know what you think.
- Should there be a fixed start date after which any let F or G properties must be withdrawn from the market, i.e. 1st April 2018?
- Alternatively, do you think the regulation’s roll out should be staggered as we saw with tenancy deposit protection in 2007?
- Or perhaps you think it should be done in another way?
We would be grateful for your ideas and explanations as to why your proposal would work in practice. We can then take your suggestions to the Private Rented Sector Regulations Working Group. If you have a suggestion, please email firstname.lastname@example.org