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Pressure put on government to introduce energy efficiency standard for private rented sector

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Published by Jon Land for 24dash.com in Housing and also in Central Government, Environment

Pressure put on government to introduce energy efficiency standard for private rented sector Pressure put on government to introduce energy efficiency standard for private rented sector

More than 30 organisations including Shelter, the UK Green Building Council and Friends of the Earth have today issued a joint statement urging the government to set a minimum energy efficiency standard for private rented homes.

The statement says that regulations must be introduced without delay to allow landlords as much time as possible to improve their properties ahead of the standard coming into force. It was expected that regulations would be laid in Parliament in late 2013 or early 2014 but a public consultation is still yet to be published.

The statement also says that the minimum standard must be clearly specified as being EPC Band E and exemptions to the regulations (such as listed buildings) must be kept to an absolute minimum.

Of the 22 million households in England in 2012/13, four million were privately rented (18%) - an increase of 1.6m in only six years – and the highest level since the early 1990s. The private rented sector has the highest proportion (11%) of the most energy inefficient homes (those in EPC Bands F and G).

John Alker, director of policy and communications at UK-GBC, said: “A minimum energy efficiency standard is not only crucial for upgrading the UK’s poorly performing privately rented homes, but would also give a much needed boost to the flagging Green Deal. Government is long overdue in setting out this standard, creating uncertainty for both landlords and tenants.”

The joint statement has been signed by the following organisations:

Advice4Renters
Age UK
All-Party Parliamentary Fuel Poverty & Energy
Efficiency Group
Association for the Conservation of Energy
Camden Federation of Private Tenants
Carbon Action Network
Centre for Sustainable Energy
Chartered Institute of Environmental Health
Child Poverty Action Group
Citizens Advice
Electrical Safety First
End Fuel Poverty Coalition
Energy Bill Revolution
Energy Saving Trust
Energy Solutions
Friends of the Earth
Future Climate
Generation Rent
National Energy Action
National Pensioners Convention
National Union of Students
North West Tenants & Residents Assembly
People and Planet
Shelter
10:10
UK Green Building Council
WWF-UK

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