Landlords who are hoping to secure cheap gas and cheap electricity bills for their clients could make energy efficient improvements to their properties ahead of new government legislation.
Richard Jones, policy director at the Residential Landlords Association, explained that it appears likely landlords who own properties with an Energy Performance Certificate rating of categories G and F - the bottom categories - will not be allowed to let their homes until they have improved them to category E rating.
"Those categories are not enshrined in stone. We have actually been pressing the government to include that in the bill or at least make the regulations sooner rather than later, so that the landlords who are going to be subject to the changes, are aware of who they are, can identify their properties and will not then get the goalposts moved later on," he noted.
With many properties, landlords will be able to install wall and loft insulation or upgrade their boiler in order to meet higher category criteria.
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