The government has been told to raise the landlord cost cap to £10,000 to increase the number of private rental sector properties that have improved energy efficiency.
The call has come from the housing committee of the London Assembly, which is chaired by Green councillor Sian Berry.
She has written to new Housing Secretary Michael Gove and London Mayor Sadiq Khan saying that an increase on the landlord cap - which is currently £3,500 including VAT - is a key way of making London a zero carbon city by 2030.
She wants to decarbonise all of London’s 3.5m homes by upgrading and retrofitting, and Is calling on Khan to bring together private sector landlords and tenants to look at barriers to retrofitting and how central or local government could overcome them.
Berry says: “We have a responsibility to do everything we can to make Londoners’ homes zero carbon and we can’t ignore our existing homes; these account for a third of the city’s greenhouse gas emissions alone. A full upgrade to zero carbon standards is an enormous task that will require political and financial support if the Mayor is to meet his 2030 carbon target.
“The government must commit either to fully funding London’s ambition for zero carbon homes or giving us the powers to raise our own finance. In turn, the Mayor must work with private sector landlords and tenants to find and overcome any barriers to retrofitting.
“The world is in a race against time to fight climate change, and action on existing homes can no longer be put off or tackled without proper commitment from our leaders. London’s future generations need action from us right now to save them from the perils of the climate crisis.”
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