Consultation response- Landlords should fund energy efficiency improvements

Elmhurst today responded to the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) consultation seeking views on amendments to the domestic Minimum Energy Efficiency Standard (MEES) Regulations within the Energy Efficiency (Private Rented Property)(England and Wales) Regulations 2015.

BEIS stated in the Consultation that “This proposal is designed to future-proof the regulations and make them as effective as possible, while protecting landlords against excessive cost burdens. With a cost-cap, domestic landlords would only need to see investment in improvements to an EPC F or G rated property up to the value of that cap. The government’s preferred cap level is £2,500 per property. A range of additional, alternative, cap options are set out in the consultation and the associated consultation impact assessment.”

Elmhurst has analysed the consultation and shared initital thoughts with our members to achieve a considered view on this important policy. Click to read our final response.

Summary of Elmhurst’s response:

  • There should be no cost cap in place
  • The poorest, least energy-efficient homes in the UK society should be brought up to a band E as a minimum
  • If third party funding is obtained this should not count towards any cost cap (if a cost cap is introduced)

Paul Mayne, Elmhurst’s Head of Operations commented “We are very pleased to see the proposal to remove the ‘no cost to the landlord’ from domestic MEES as this is overly-complex and too reliant on the availability of local and national based funds and policies. However, we believe that there shouldn’t be a cost cap set for Landlords. F and G rated homes are the most energy-inefficient homes in the UK and they should all be brought up to a minimum level of a band E. We are very sceptical about the cost cap being set at £2,500 as the Government’s own data analysis suggests that, on average, it will only cost £865 to improve homes up to an E rating, with this suggested price cap. In our opinion it seems very short sighted of the Government to introduce a policy that will only improve 30% of F&G rated homes up to a band E, especially as the aim is to improve all homes to band C by the 2030s.”

“After listening to our members, Elmhurst’s final response to the consultation ensures that the least energy-efficient homes are brought up to an acceptable standard. For too long tenants who rent private dwellings have been overlooked in terms of energy efficiency policy, and any new policy which aims to make these homes warmer and cheaper to run should be welcomed.”

Elmhurst encourages members to reply to this important consultation, but be quick as the deadline is tonight (see below for details).

For full Details of the consultation:

Deadline for responses is 13th March 2018

Article Published: 13th March 2018

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