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New Bill To Improve Energy Efficiency Of Rental Properties

The Minimum Energy Performance of Buildings Bill is being introduced in both Houses of Parliament in w/c July 19, Letting Agent Today reports. It is intended to put pressure on the private rented sector to become more energy efficient, in a drive to help the government achieve its 2050 carbon net zero targets.

The Bill will put legislation in place to ensure all private rental homes are energy performance certificate (EPC) band C or below by 2028. All homes, in both the rental and owner-occupied sector, should be in EPC band C by 2035, where practicable, affordable, and cost effective. The state will take steps to provide assistance if necessary.

Mortgage lenders will also be obliged to have an EPC band C average for their portfolios by 2030. Non-domestic commercial lettings are to achieve EPC band B by 2030.

Leading for the Bill in the House of Lords, Lord Foster says: “I have been campaigning on this Bill for over two years: it puts in place government policy, so I call upon ministers to support it and give time for it to receive a 2nd Reading in the House of Lords. This is essential for the achievement of net zero targets.”

In the House of Commons, Sir David Amess of the Conservative Party said: “This Bill will help my constituents to have lower fuel bills and it will help the government to achieve its net zero targets. I hope Ministers will support it.”

The Sustainable Energy Association (SEA) supports the Bill, commenting that it will deliver a lasting impact on the energy efficiency of homes up and down the country. The SEA has had previous discussions with the Department for Business, Energy, and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) about measures which will reduce fuel poverty and address climate change.

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