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May 13, 2011

Responsible landlords penalised over Green Deal

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by Gill Montia

Responsible landlords penalised over Green Deal

Recent proposals announced by the Energy Secretary could mean responsible private rental landlords are penalised, should tenants refuse to participate in “Green Deal” energy efficiency work.

So says the Residential Landlords’ Association (RLA), which points out that 40% of properties in the UK’s private rental sector were built before 1919, making energy efficiency a major issue.

According to proposed govenment measure, from 2016 landlords will be compelled to take action under the Green Deal when requested, and to have a minimum of B and E energy efficiency by 2018.

The RLA says clarity is needed over issues such as the rights of landlords to have access to undertake energy improvements, and enforcement of the regulations.

In addition, the Association’s chairman, Alan Ward, believes local authority inspectors will continue to be overstretched and under-resourced, meaning landlords who comply with their various obligations will bear the brunt of inspection, as they are easier to track, while less responsible landlords remain unaccountable.

Mr Ward is also concerned that supposed energy savings will be calculated on an average basis and not therefore take account of actually usage.

The RLA says it looks forward to working with the Government to secure regulations that are good for tenants and good for landlords.

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