Category: energy efficiency

Have Your Say: Landlords’ views needed for energy efficiency regulations.

Have Your Say: Landlords’ views needed for energy efficiency regulations.

New energy efficiency laws are coming into effect over the next few years that will affect private landlords and their ability to let their properties. The Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy is looking for your views to ensure one key aspect, the exemptions register, is designed with landlords’ needs in mind. Click here … Continue reading Have Your Say: Landlords’ views needed for energy efficiency regulations.

To New-build or Not to New-Build?

To New-build or Not to New-Build?

With heavy incentives for new-build construction, some landlords may be considering looking into the purchase of newly constructed property for buy-to-let. But what are the advantages and drawbacks of buying, and letting, new-builds? Below we explore the potential benefits of letting such property, as well as things to be aware of when making an investment. … Continue reading To New-build or Not to New-Build?

Is this the end of the EPC?

Handed down to the UK through the catchy-named European Union Directive 2002/91/EC, Energy Performance Certificates have been the cause of many a headache for landlords since their introduction through the infamous Home Information Packs in 2007. In 2012 we saw the tightening on regulations mandating EPCs for the private rented sector, and just last year … Continue reading Is this the end of the EPC?

Diaries of a Trade Association Policy Team: Volume One

Representing landlords may not always be the most glamorous job, but it sure does keep us busy. From travelling up and down the country meeting with local authorities, to lobbying Government officials and ministers across various departments, there is never a dull day. And this week was no exception. Implementing the Housing and Planning Act … Continue reading Diaries of a Trade Association Policy Team: Volume One

Tenants’ Right to Request Energy Efficiency Improvements

From today (April 1st), where a tenant requests their landlord’s consent to make energy efficiency improvements, the landlord may not unreasonably refuse consent. This is part of the drive to make the PRS more energy efficient, and is the precursor to regulations dictating an EPC minimum rating of E for new tenancies (2018) and for … Continue reading Tenants’ Right to Request Energy Efficiency Improvements