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As global warming and climate change become an increasing concern, the Government’s 2011 Carbon Plan highlighted that of total UK carbon emissions, 25% came from domestic property (British Property Federation, 2013)!
Some of the most energy in-efficient properties can be found in the private rented sector; which also has the greater percentage of Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) G rated homes, than any other sector (Energy Saving Trust, 2012).
Over the past fifteen years, the private rented sector has grown significantly and now houses approximately 17% of all UK households (British Property Federation, 2014).
The Energy Act 2011 introduces energy efficiency regulations specifically for the private rented sector. This act requires the government to:
A recent publication from The Association for the Conservation of Energy (2014) advises that these regulations look likely to be in place a year later than expected. It is however important that all private landlords and estates are fully aware of upcoming legislation and necessary financial planning is in place to ensure there is no shortfall in property energy efficiency, leading to potential void periods.
There are a number of schemes available to help landlords with the costs associated with energy-saving improvements. Including:
(Energy Saving Trust, 2014).
Matthew Lister, GSC Grays Richmond Office t: 01833 637000