Environment, Energy and Safety

Energy Efficiency and Property Conditions are significant policy issues for the private rented sector. Attempts to improve the energy efficiency of properties can help to reduce fuel poverty and winter deaths but also reduce maintenance costs for landlords. However, we are keen to ensure these attempts do not negatively affect the private rented sector through increased costs to landlords and tenants. We are working with the government and other organisations to identify solutions to help tackle these issues. The overall purpose of our research in this area is to examine the ways energy efficiency can be improved in private rented sector properties but to also investigate how we can promote energy efficient behaviors to tenants so that we all can play our part.

Supporting private landlords not pushing them out is key for a modern sector of the future

Our findings are showing that landlord sentiment to the sector and investments is deteriorating. We estimate on top of the 46,000 privately rented homes that have already been lost (MHCLG, 2018), there will be a further net loss of 133,000 homes to rent. We need to move to a broader but fair reform of private renting; with improved access to justice for landlords and tenants, expanded options for security of tenure, and reformed taxation policy that supports not penalise private landlords.

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Examining Energy Efficiency & Electrical Safety in the Private Rented Sector

The energy efficiency standards of the private rented sector have come under greater scrutiny over the past three years, with new regulations coming into force in April 2018. This means that no property can be let for a new tenancy if it is below an E EPC rating. This report builds upon our previous quarterly reports on the private rented sector and provides the opportunity for a deeper understanding of the issues facing private landlords, tenants and the wider sector.

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