While the energy efficiency of English homes has improved over the last decade, there is more that can be done to help landlords and householders within the private rented sector (PRS) meet energy efficiency targets.
A Bill introduced by Communities Minister Deirdre Hargey on 6 July, provides new protections for tenants in the Private Rented Sector (PRS) In Northern Ireland, focusing on safety measures, restrictions in rent increases and extending notice periods.
Data released by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy shows that, despite receiving over 100,000 applications, only a small amount of pay-outs were actually made during its lifetime.
On 6 April, Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan announced his manifesto ahead of the local elections in May 2021 with some key policy announcements that impact the housing sector, including proposals to introduce rent controls in the private rented sector.
The UK Government announced that the Green Homes Grant Voucher Scheme launched last year will close to new applications on 31 March 2021, twelve months earlier than originally planned.
The Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) is looking for views from the sector on how best to implement energy efficiency plans for commercial and industrial buildings in England and Wales.
We responded to the UK Government’s consultation on improving home energy performance through lenders by raising concerns that the proposed targets are unrealistic, too simplistic and could deter people from moving home.
We highlighted a number of concerns relating to affordability and the need to look beyond a one-size fits all policy. We see a need to develop proposals that work with the different age, condition, and size of properties in the private rented sector.
Check out the first issue of 2021. Take a look at some of the main issues we expect will impact on agents in 2021 and what changes made in recent months could be here to stay.
The UK Government announced on 14 December their ambitious plan to clean up the UK's energy system which will unleash a green economic recovery and support up to 220,000 jobs over the next decade across the whole of the UK.
On 30 September 2020, the UK Housing Minister launched a new digital service to help homeowners improve the energy performance of their homes and cut their energy bills.
The UK Government have introduced a plan to allow homeowners and landlords to apply for vouchers from a £2 billion scheme to help fund the cost of upgrading the energy performance of their homes.
New regulations are soon to be presented before Parliament, aimed at improving the energy efficiency of private rented housing and prohibit the letting of properties that fall below the minimum energy efficiency standards.
Today the UK Government has announced its intention to start a consultation on how regulation can help improve the energy performance of homes in England and Wales.
PM Boris Johnson has today, 18 November, set out a ten-point plan for a green industrial revolution that will create and support up to 250,000 jobs across Britain and bring new investment to the housing sector including an extension to the Green Homes Grant Scheme.
On 30 September 2020, the UK Government opened a consultation seeking views on a suite of policy proposals, setting out how they intend to achieve their commitment to upgrade private rented sector homes in England and Wales to Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) Band C by 2030.