Partial climbdown means help for more tenants in coldest homes in England and Wales
Stamp duty in England may be changed to encourage people to make their homes more energy efficient.
Energy minister Claire Perry told the BBC householders would face "carrots and sticks" to prompt them into saving on heating bills and carbon emissions.
Legal loophole means landlords won’t need to comply with regulations aiming to protect tenants and cut carbon emissions
Homeowners who sell draughty homes could be fined, a report has suggested.
Economic consultancy Frontier Economics says the money raised could underpin government funding for insulating the homes of the least wealthy homeowners.
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The Country Land and Business Association is demanding a year’s delay in the introduction of minimum energy efficiency standards (MEES) for rented properties, which it warns will “fail” older rural properties unless there are amendments.
More than one home every minute will need to be refurbished in the UK between now and 2050, experts say.
The authors of a report to Parliament say 25 million existing homes will not meet the insulation standards required by mid-century.
Radical plans to use hydrogen to heat UK homes and businesses have moved a step closer after the Government’s official climate advisers said the plan was “technically feasible” and called for major trials to be undertaken.
The sale of a large block of commercial forestry in a sought-after region of Scotland has opened with strong interest.
Over half of UK tenants claim their rental property is cold and draughty and 58% say their landlords has refused to make energy efficiency improvements, a new poll shows.
Since the beginning of April 2016 tenants living in F and G rated homes have been able to request improvements, such as more insulation and landlords are legally bound to bring the property up to the minimum of EPC (Energy Performance Certificate) E rating.
Under the new legislation, if a tenant requests a more efficient home and the landlord fails to comply, the landlord could ultimately be forced to pay a penalty notice.
Tenants in the UK now have the right to request energy improvements to the homes that they rents and landlords need a good reason to refuse.
From the beginning of April they can request consent from their landlords to make energy saving improvements for the properties they rent and landlords will not be able to refuse their consent without good reason.
But tenants will need to ensure that they have a way of funding improvements at no cost to the landlord, unless otherwise agreed. This may prove difficult, as it was originally expected that the Green Deal, which was closed down in July last year, would provide much of the funding for this initiative.
The stamp duty paid on energy efficient homes should be up to £5,000 less than on leaky, hard-to-heat homes, according to a new report that says the government is doing far too little to cut energy waste.
The report is from the thinktank Policy Exchange, which is close to the government, and ministers are considering the idea. It estimates the stamp duty change would lead to 270,000 households a year improving their energy efficiency.
“Improving home energy efficiency can save households money, as well as substantially reducing their carbon emissions,” said Richard Howard, author of the report, and a former chief economist for the crown estate. “Policies which link property values more closely to energy performance could kickstart an energy efficiency revolution in this country.”
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