The coldest rented houses in Britain may get much warmer in line with the new energy efficiency rules for homeowners, as announced today by the government.
Owners of the least efficient homes – those in the worst energy zones, F and G – have been demanding since April of this year to upgrade their properties to Group E or to exclude their consent from new tenants.
However, private landlords who have expended upgrades of over £ 2500 were exempt from improvements.
On Monday, however, the government announced it is raising the limit to £ 3,500, which means fewer owners will be exempt from tax.
This means that, from 2019, 290,000 other homeowners will have to improve their homes before they can rent them.
According to the government, the cost of the landlord increases by an average of £ 1,200, however better insulation will save the average tenant 180 pounds a year.
"In line with the consultation proposal, the government intends to amend the regulation to introduce a reduced-income contribution that will apply where no third-party funding is available or sufficient to cover the cost of improving energy efficiency," the statement said.
But activists said raising the ceiling at owner costs from £ 2,500 to £ 3,500 is still not good enough.
The Heating and Warming Board (HHIC) said the limit value would be £ 5,000. It claims that the cap still leaves an unnecessary number of tenants who paid for the chances of heating their homes.
Stewart Clements, director of HHIC, said: "I am delighted that the government has recognized that legislation is needed in the area of rent to improve the rating of the EPC. The value of £ 3,500 improves on the proposed £ 2,500, which could only help 30% of households improves their EPC rating.
"HHIC still thinks that $ 5,000 is the right level for a cap as it will help nearly 60% of cold, inefficient homes F and G reach the desired EPC level.
"This is because the cost of installing a new central heating system can be £ 4,000, which is 500 pounds above the new level." The isolation itself will not keep your home warm, you also need an efficient heating system, it's the most obvious solution. "
According to the National Energy Act, 4 million households in the United Kingdom were unable to adequately heat and power their homes last year, while fuel poverty caused 28,584 winter deaths in England and Wales.
Clean Energy Minister Claire Perry said: "While the overwhelming majority of landlords are very proud of the properties they own, the minority still leases housing that is difficult to keep warm.
"Modernizing these houses so they are more energy efficient is one of the most effective ways to solve the problem of fuel poverty and to help reduce the bills for their tenants and save them 180 pounds a year.
"Everyone should be protected from the cold in their own home, and today's announcement will bring this reality closer."