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New regulations force landlords to go green

23 May 2011 No Comment

New regulations unveiled by government will force landlords to carry out energy efficiency improvements on their rented properties, Greenwise Business reported.

Chris Huhne, the Energy and Climate Change Secretary, announced the new green standards as the government’s Energy Bill received its second reading in the House of Commons.

At least 682,000 properties in the UK will be better insulated thanks to the changes, which will come into effect between 2016 and 2018.

This will force landlords to add green elements to their properties – like renewable energy sources such as photovoltaics that can be integrated with steel cladding systems – in an effort to reduce energy bills and bring their properties up to an environmentally-friendly standard.

Stride.co.uk confirmed that landlords will not be able to refuse requests from tenants to improve their properties if they are perceived to be reasonable.

The Green Deal

Huhne warned landlords that they will face “tough” action if they fail to upgrade: “For those landlords who don’t take up the Green Deal then we will get tough so that by 2018 the poorest performing rented housing stock is brought up to a decent standard.”

This may please Kevin McCloud, a TV presenter and designer; who earlier this month told an audience at Grand Designs Live that the government must clarify targets in order to bring the construction industry on-board with green policies.

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