Government plans energy efficiency laws

It may soon become a legal requirement for landlords to improve the energy efficiency of their properties under new government plans.

Tenants entering into a tenancy agreement will have to make sure the property adheres to minimum standards, while landlords will no longer be able to refuse any requests for improvements.

This would come into force in April 2016 and two years later it may become unlawful to rent a property with less than an E energy efficiency rating.

Energy and climate change secretary Chris Huhne said: "The green deal is a win-win opportunity for landlords by removing the upfront cost of work to upgrade the property making it cheaper to run, more environmentally friendly and ultimately more attractive to rent."

He added that the government will be getting tough on landlords who do not comply with the initiative over the next few years.

Landlords can encourage their tenants to save energy and reduce costs with Lawpack's Energy Efficient Tenancy Agreement, which includes clauses by which both the landlord and tenant agree to take measures to improve energy efficiency in the property, in order to save money and protect the environment.

Published on: May 12, 2011

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