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Energy efficiency in homes: ECO+ scheme and expansion of the Help for Households

On 28 November 2022 Business and Energy Secretary Grant Shapps announced a new ECO+ scheme which will extend support to those who do not currently benefit from any other government support to upgrade their homes to improve energy efficiency. Joining the existing £6.6 billion ‘Help to Heat’ energy schemes, this new £1 billion funding is […]

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Clarification on MEES and EPC’s sought

We have written (again) to the Government to seek clarification on what landlords should be doing to improve the energy efficiency of their properties. The latest letter can be seen here, for previous letters see here .

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Billion pounds pledged for home insulation

The government has allocated an extra £1bn of funding to help households with poor-energy-performing homes to install insulation. The new Eco+ scheme is targeted at “middle income” households that may have missed out on previous funding. The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy said that the support would extend help to people “who do […]

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Possible new energy efficiency costs may force up to 20% of landlords to sell

Landlords could face bills over £10,000 to bring their properties up to government energy efficiency standards, prompting as many as one in five to consider selling them. That’s the stark warning from Chris Kirby, head of specialist distribution at The Mortgage Lender.  See more details here Following a consultation, in December 2020 the UK government […]

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Nottingham landlords could be fined £5,000 for renting homes with low energy ratings

Private Landlords in Nottingham could be fined £5,000 if their property’s EPC rating is below E. As part of the council’s ‘Carbon Neutral Nottingham 2020-2028 Action Plan’, the council is hoping to reduce fuel poverty in the city and eliminate properties with E, F or G banded EPC ratings. The move, confirmed in a delegated […]

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Research shows majority of landlords own bad energy rated properties.

The government has previously set out an aspiration for a minimum C rating in England and Wales by April 2025. Yet Shawbrook’s research shows that at present only a quarter of landlords’ portfolios contain properties that all meet the C target for energy efficiency and 71% still own rental properties with an energy performance certificate […]

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London Councils Trial Energy Efficient Homes while PRS Await New EPC Requirements

Westminster City Council has opened the doors to a retrofitted show home, a one-bedroom terraced flat in Queen’s Park, to encourage residents to make their home more energy efficient. Improvements made to the show home include: Internal wall and underfloor insulation Thermally efficient windows and doors Replacing the gas boiler with an energy-efficient air source […]

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Many commercial landlords are not aware of new EPC requirements

Most landlords are aware that there is a minimum EPC rating for residential properties – currently ‘E’ with the likelihood of going to a ‘D’ rating, or even a ‘C’ rating in the future. What is less well known is that this will also apply to commercial properties from April 2023. Nearly two-fifths of commercial […]

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Difficult time for Landlords ahead – warning

The weekend Financial Times has run a two-page spread entitled ‘Landlords face fresh dilemmas amid the economic storm’ It can be seen here (subscription might be required) and gives examples of ‘several landlords’ planning to sell some, or all their properties ‘in the belief that the sombre UK outlook as well as an increased burden […]

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