Voluntary compliance expected for energy regs

by Daniel Jones

The government's plans to encourage all landlords to improve the energy efficiency of their rental properties could require voluntary action, an expert predicts.

In order for this to work, however, landlords need to be fully aware of the regulations they are expected to comply with, noted Richard Jones, policy director at the Residential Landlords Association.

"With a lot of these properties, you can probably do it with a straightforward bit of loft insulation and cavity insulation, or possibly upgrade your boiler," he commented.

Mr Jones highlighted that landlords who try to rent a room in properties with an energy performance rating at the bottom end of the scale will have to make compulsory improvements from 2018 at the latest.

It was recently reported by the National Landlords Association that two-thirds of private landlords would consider taking advantage of the government's Green Deal scheme to improve the energy efficiency of their properties.

Published on: September 16, 2011

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