Landlord Fines for Inefficient Homes – 2 November 2010

Landlords could be fined up to £5,000 for failing to insulate their properties as the Government urges local authorities to use existing legislation to compel landlords to upgrade the least energy-efficient homes. Along with the Government’s ’Green Deal’ proposals announced this week, the forthcoming Energy Bill will create powers from 2015 onwards allowing any tenant asking for reasonable energy-efficiency improvements to receive them. It will also allow local authorities to insist that landlords improve the worst-performing homes.

Grimsby Energy Performance Certificate provider Colin Childs from says: "The Government appears to be adopting a carrot and stick approach. Under the Green Deal proposals, homeowners and landlords would face no up-front costs when improving the energy efficiency of their properties. The work to upgrade the property would be paid back through the savings on energy bills over up to 20 years."

The Green Deal, which is expected to be available from Autumn 2012, will be open to homes and businesses and will involve a 3-step process:

Step 1 – An independent energy survey of the property, giving clear advice on the best energy-efficiency options, such as loft or cavity wall insulation.

Step 2 – Green Deal finance to be provided by a range of accredited providers, which will be repaid through savings on energy bills, making properties cheaper to run from day one.

Step 3 – Homes and businesses will then receive their energy efficiency package. Only accredited measures will be installed by appropriately-qualified installers.

"When we explain to Lincolnshire home owners and landlords the recommendations in their Energy Performance Certificates, the up-front costs of implementing energy-efficiency measures are an obstacle to many," says Colin. "The Green Deal appears to address this problem by removing the need entirely for any up-front investment by the home owner or landlord."