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Energy: Private Rented Housing

Energy and Climate Change written question – answered on 14th December 2011.

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Photo of Barry Gardiner Barry Gardiner Labour, Brent North

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what inspection mechanisms he plans to put in place to ensure that private rented properties meet the minimum energy standards required by the provisions of the Energy Act 2011 by April 2016.

Photo of Gregory Barker Gregory Barker The Minister of State, Department of Energy and Climate Change

Under the provisions in the Energy Act 2011, regulations will be made no later than:

April 2016, so that residential landlords will not be able to unreasonably refuse requests from their tenants for consent to energy efficiency improvements, where financial support is available; and

April 2018, so that all private rented properties must be brought up to a minimum energy efficiency standard, likely to be set at ‘E’.

Local authorities will enforce the domestic minimum standard regulations, with the ability to impose a civil fine of up to £5,000. Trading Standards will enforce the minimum standards in the non-domestic sector; the level of civil penalty will be defined in secondary legislation. We expect that the EPC database will be a key inspection mechanism as it will show the EPC rating of properties in the local area.

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