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Landlord call for greater support for energy efficiency measures

Victoria Barker
Written by Victoria Barker

RESPONDING to the announcement today that those landlords in properties with an energy performance rating of F or G will be expected to pay up to £3,500 to improve the energy efficiency rating of the property, David Smith, Policy Director for the Residential Landlords Association said:

“The proportion of private rented homes with the worst energy efficiency ratings of F or G has fallen from 39% in 1996 to 7% in 2016. Whilst good news, we should seek to ensure every private rented property is as energy efficient as possible.

“To help achieve this, the RLA produced recommendations for the Budget, which were ignored, that any work a landlord carries out that is recommended on an Energy Performance Certificate should be tax deductible.

“It is bizarre that, for example, replacing a broken boiler is classed as a tax deductible repair, but this is not the case if a landlord wants to replace an old boiler with one that is more energy efficient.”

 

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Notes:

 The English Housing Survey 2016/17 report for the Private Rented Sector can be accessed at: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/723880/Private_rented_sector_report.pdf. Page 27 notes: “There has been a decrease in the proportion of private rented homes with the poorest energy efficiency since 1996, partly reflecting the growth of newer homes in the stock. In 1996, 39% of private rented homes were in F or G EER bands, falling to 25% in 2006 and falling again to 7% in 2016.”

 

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About the author

Victoria Barker

Victoria Barker

Victoria is the Communications Officer for the RLA.

With a degree in Journalism, she is responsible for producing articles for our Campaigns and News Centre, the weekly E-News newsletter and creating social media content.

Before joining the RLA, Victoria worked in the University of Salford’s press office, and during University she represented Smooth Radio at events across the North West, as a member of the street team.

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