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14 Jul 2021
English Housing Survey shows Green Home Grant underfunded

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.

07 Jul 2021
Private Tenancies Bill to increase protections for tenants

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.

23 Apr 2021
Data shows Green Homes Grant Scheme inefficiencies

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.

08 Apr 2021
Rent controls are not the answer

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.

08 Apr 2021
Long term financial plan needed for greener property 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.

24 Mar 2021
Consultations and research announced in drive for net zero in the commercial property sector

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.

17 Feb 2021
Improving home energy performance through lenders

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.

20 Jan 2021
Improving the Energy Performance of Privately Rented Homes in England and Wales

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.

01 Jan 2021
Issue 42: January / March 2021

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.

18 Dec 2020
The future of heat for owner occupied and privately rented homes

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.

04 Dec 2020
FAQs: New digital service to improve energy efficiency performance

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.

04 Dec 2020
FAQs: Green Homes Grant

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.

30 Nov 2020
Minimum energy efficiency standards regulations for Scotland’s PRS to be reintroduced

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.

18 Nov 2020
Consultation announced for improving energy performance for all homes

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.

18 Nov 2020
Incentives needed to deliver PM’s green industrial revolution

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.

01 Oct 2020
UK Government sets out plans to improve energy efficiency

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.

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