400,000 properties in England and Wales could be unlettable from April 2018

21 July, 20170 Comments
According to government figures one in ten UK rental properties could be unlettable next year, if landlords fail to improve their energy efficiency. From April 2018, rental properties must have a minimum EPC rating of E. The regulations will apply to new lets and renewals of tenancies, and from 1 April 2020 it will extend
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Almost one in 10 homes could be unrentable from 2018

20 December, 20160 Comments
New data released by Quick Move Now reveals that nearly one in ten properties currently available on the rental market could become unrentable by 2018, if new legislation goes ahead. The 2015 Energy Efficiency Regulations, passed in March 2015, set out minimum energy efficiency standards for England and Wales. These regulations make it unlawful for
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Poor insulation means money out of the window for 2.6 million households this winter

17 November, 20160 Comments
The Association for the Conservation of Energy have revealed that UK windows are the leakiest out of 11 northern European nations, with 15.9% suffering from badly insulated windows and walls. With one in ten families facing the tough decision between ‘Heating or Eating’ this winter, the association’s CEO says the situation has turned the UK
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‘Green tax’ to hit buy to let landlords with £5,000 bill

01 August, 20160 Comments
330,000 buy-to-let landlords are set to pay a “green tax” of up to £5,000 to make their rental properties more energy efficient, in the run-up to the 2018 EPC deadline. The Landlord Energy Saving Allowance (LESA) ended in April 2016, which allowed up to £1,500 worth of energy efficiency improvements to be offset against income tax
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Renters given right to request energy improvements

04 April, 20161 Comments
The rules for energy-saving improvements changed last Friday, meaning that tenants now have the right to request that their landlord makes energy-saving improvements to the home that they rent. As of the 1st April 2016 landlords cannot refuse their consent without good reason, although it is down to the tenant to ensure they have the
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Growing need for longer tenancies

RLA – Fears over inaccurate energy efficiency ratings

11 January, 20160 Comments
The RLA has today issued a press release over fears that 100,000 homes may have been given incorrect energy efficiency ratings. The new figures which have been supplied from the Building Research Establishment (BRE) show that Energy Performance Certificates can understate the energy efficiency of homes with solid walls and uninsulated cavity walls. The BRE
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