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Are EPCs Accurate? Energy experts say recent criticism is unfair

A group of energy professionals in the property sector are taking issue with a claim by consumer organisation Which? over the...

15 May 2024

From: Breaking News

Energy efficiency retrofit course ahead of Labour EPC rule changes

The National Residential Landlords Association is introducing a new energy efficiency retrofitting course this summer - ahead of possible EPC rule...

15 May 2024

From: Breaking News

Government insulation scheme flops with tiny take-up so far

Figures from the Department for Energy and Net Zero indicate that only 4,648 households so far have taken advantage of the...

09 May 2024

From: Breaking News

EPCs are often wrong and need major overhaul - Which?

An influential consumer body is demanding a complete overhaul of Energy Performance Certificates. Which? says that with millions of households across the...

08 May 2024

From: Breaking News

Savage attack on buy to let landlords by Build To Rent cheerleader

Buy to let landlords have been savagely attacked by the country’s biggest investment company - which just happens to be a...

07 May 2024

From: Breaking News

Landlords urged to apply for energy efficiency funds

A council is urging landlords of eligible properties to apply for energy efficient measures such as insulation, solar panels or heat...

26 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Rent Control zealot dropped from Scottish government

The architect of the controversial rent control policies in Scotland has left the government. It is not known what long-term implication this...

25 April 2024

From: Breaking News

HUG2 offers energy upgrades to landlords and other homeowners

Phase two of the Home Upgrade Grant (HUG2) is a UK Government-funded scheme for properties in England that are not connected...

11 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Year-long campaign to get energy efficiency info to landlords

A council which last year staged a pilot project about the Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards in the lettings sector is now...

03 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Build To Rent deal emphasises eco-efficiency and wellbeing

A new housing deal will provide another 92 Build To Rent units run by Legal & General. The properties will be two,...

28 March 2024

From: Breaking News

Energy costs could vary according to time of day

A consultation on how to develop a more dynamic energy price cap has been launched by the regulator, Ofgem. The regulator claims...

27 March 2024

From: Breaking News

Locations slammed for failing to meet energy efficiency targets

New analysis claims that the North East of England has made “no progress on greening the highest-emissions homes in 13 years.” Meanwhile,...

12 March 2024

From: Breaking News

Advice for Landlords on Energy Efficiency and Sustainability

In September the Prime Minister announced that landlords will no longer be required to meet the minimum EPC minimum energy rating...

09 March 2024

From: Agent Advice

Landlords ditch energy efficiency measures as government flip-flops

Over a third of landlords will push back energy efficiency measures due to government flip-flopping on the issue.  Research commissioned by tax...

14 February 2024

From: Breaking News

Is a change of government Starmergeddon for Britain’s landlords? 

I’m not especially political and certainly carry no candle for one flavour or another. I might argue that they’re all pretty...

10 February 2024

From: Legislation & Compliance

Government facing two ways on boiler grants and heat pumps

The government has issued a lengthy statement claiming more home owners, including landlords, are fitting heat pumps - yet at the...

07 February 2024

From: Breaking News

Beefed Up EPCs demanded by energy efficiency experts

The Building Research Establishment - which undertakes research, advice, training, testing, certification and standards-setting for the housing sector - is calling...

05 February 2024

From: Breaking News

Landlords lack skills to be more energy efficient - bank claim

New research published by Lloyds Banking Group during Energy Saving Week has revealed the lack of confidence and skills gaps landlords...

19 January 2024

From: Breaking News

New energy ratings to provide EPCs - government consultation opens

The government has launched a public consultation on a radical new UK home energy rating system to replace the long-standing Standard...

14 December 2023

From: Breaking News

EPCs - Generation Rent and Labour Mayor slam landlords and government

Generation Rent and London Mayor Sadiq Khan have jointly slammed landlords who do not improve the EPCs of their private rental...

05 December 2023

From: Breaking News

Landlords lead on energy-efficiency despite Sunak U-turn

Large upfront costs are deterring landlords and other home owners from making their homes more energy efficient, according to Lloyds Bank...

23 November 2023

From: Breaking News

Offset EPC improvements against landlord income - plea to government

A new study claims that two thirds of privately rented homes require urgent energy efficiency improvements - and that landlords need...

16 November 2023

From: Breaking News

Next month Ben Beadle, chief executive of the National Residential Landlords Association, will be one of the experts at an Agent...

21 October 2023

From: Rental Reform

Eco-problems mount - too few qualified heat pump installers

Another problem has emerged for the heat pump sector which had, until last week, anticipated rapid growth as part of the...

29 September 2023

From: Breaking News

Solar Panels - How They Work and How They Can Be Maintained

Searches for solar panel installations surged 32.85 per cent from 2022-2023, with demand for renewable energy increasing.  However one of the biggest...

09 September 2023

From: The Big Issues

EPCs and Energy Efficiency - the need for clarity

Landlords are operating in a fog when it comes to the Government’s thinking on the future of energy efficiency standards for...

02 September 2023

From: The Big Issues

Who Cares About EPCs? - just 2% of agents “always” asked by tenants

Only two per cent of Propertymark letting agents say tenants “always” want to know the EPC rating on a property they...

21 August 2023

From: Breaking News

In the ever-evolving landscape of rental property management, UK landlords are facing significant changes. Most recently these changes include new energy...

19 August 2023

From: Legislation & Compliance

Would Landlords Fit Solar Panels If Maintenance Was Easy?

As UK homeowners commit to more sustainable sources of energy, the number of homes installing rooftop solar panels reached its highest...

05 August 2023

From: The Big Issues

EPCs: new builds beat older homes hands down, says trade body

Research from the Home Builders Federation claims owners of new homes will save an average £135 a month on running costs...

06 July 2023

From: Breaking News

Give landlords a break – why they MUST have a new EPC deadline

Landlords need to know the true energy efficiency of their property and have a deadline for improvements to calm fears around...

24 June 2023

From: The Big Issues

Labour call to campaign against “excessive rents”

A Labour pressure group wants the party to campaign on housing at the next General Election, including railing against what it...

07 June 2023

From: Breaking News

How to lower your home’s carbon footprint and energy bills

The UK has long been a pioneer in terms of Net Zero goal setting, but many people across the nation remain...

27 May 2023

From: The Big Issues

EPC Reform - Think tank urges even stricter rules for landlords

The Resolution Foundation has urged the government not to relax its target deadlines for improved energy efficiency in the private rental...

05 May 2023

From: Breaking News

Heat Pump Revolution - UK massively behind many countries

A new study by a University of Glasgow-led research centre has found that the UK housing sector is lagging over 30...

27 April 2023

From: Breaking News

Landlords massively ill-informed on new EPC rules - new survey

Some 47 per cent of landlords incorrectly believe the need for EPC C rating is only guidance, not the law. That’s the...

18 April 2023

From: Breaking News

Going Greener – Getting Ahead of Policy starts with Professional Development

Hitting the UK’s net zero carbon objective is an immense task, but one that we must strive for. We all have...

01 April 2023

From: The Big Issues

Think tank blasts landlords for not paying for better insulation

A think tank is accusing landlords of being unwilling to spend money on insulating draughty rental properties. The cross-party Social Market Foundation...

30 March 2023

From: Breaking News

New government drive on private rental energy efficiency

The government will this week announce a new consultation on private rental sector energy efficiency - in particular, insulation. This will be...

27 March 2023

From: Breaking News

Energy Efficiency Changes to hit non-Domestic Rental Units

Landlords on non-domestic units are being urged to adhere to new regulations for their properties, or face thousands of pounds of fines. With...

25 March 2023

From: Legislation & Compliance

Scrap VAT for landlords trying to improve EPC ratings - call

The British Property Federation is calling on the government to use next week’s Budget to zero-rate VAT on work which allows...

10 March 2023

From: Breaking News

Call for EPCs to be renewed every three years

Energy Performance Certificates must change to properly support reaching net zero, tackling fuel poverty and improving buildings, according to an energy...

06 March 2023

From: Breaking News

Watchdog launches probe into landlord-tenant relationships

The Competition and Markets Authority is launching a three month probe into the workings of the private rental sector. It says the focus...

28 February 2023

From: Breaking News

New EPC targets to be missed by fifth of commercial landlords

Nearly a fifth of UK commercial landlords still have properties with an energy performance certificate rating of F or G, despite...

23 February 2023

From: Breaking News

Government slammed over Boiler Scheme with call for EPC change

The Boiler Upgrade Scheme - launched in May 2022 and open to landlords as well as homeowners - is failing to...

22 February 2023

From: Breaking News

Rishi Reshuffle - will EPC reform move a step closer?

The trade press is fixated on the departure of housing minister Lucy Frazer after four months in the government reshuffle, but...

08 February 2023

From: Breaking News

Will Government ever clarify Energy Efficiency standards for landlords?

As 2025 gradually approaches, the question of how the private rented sector decarbonises and becomes more energy efficient is becoming more...

04 February 2023

From: Legislation & Compliance

Stricter Rental EPCs by 2025? Forget it, says the NRLA

Plans to improve the energy efficiency of private rented housing have no hope of being met following the government’s failure to...

10 January 2023

From: Breaking News

Energy Efficiency - more tenants would shun poor EPC homes

A poll suggests that 58 per cent of tenants would be less likely to look at a rental property if they...

06 January 2023

From: Breaking News

Most landlords in the dark about future EPC changes

A new survey shows that while some 78 per cent of landlords have now heard about government proposals around EPC ratings,...

12 December 2022

From: Breaking News

New Zero-Carbon rental homes will be factory-made

A joint venture has been announced to deliver 1,000 sustainable zero-carbon homes - and they will be factory-made. Legal & General Modular...

07 December 2022

From: Breaking News

John Lewis Partnership reveals three private rental schemes

It’s been known for over a year that John Lewis wishes to diversify into the private rental sector and now it...

05 December 2022

From: Breaking News

Stricter EPC targets - government urged to “get real”

The government must “get realistic” over the difficulties involved in reaching Net Zero targets when dealing with older properties in the...

18 October 2022

From: Breaking News

Green Premium on capital values may justify energy efficiency upgrades

A new report by the Santander bank claims a ‘green premium’ based on energy efficiency is emerging in the UK’s property...

12 October 2022

From: Breaking News

Rent freeze threatens social housing too, say housing associations

The Scottish Federation of Housing Associations says its members are key to tackling the cost of living crisis but rent freezes,...

07 October 2022

From: Breaking News

Technology: Helping landlords combat the Cost of Living crisis

The residential sector is a key component of the government’s mission to lower carbon emissions – in 2021, it accounted for...

01 October 2022

From: Lettings PropTech

How Landlords Can Help Create a New Zero Home

Households are big emitters of greenhouse gases, accounting for 26 per cent of total emissions. With targets in place to improve...

27 August 2022

From: The Big Issues

Doubts over eco-retrofitting during cost of living crisis

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors has cast doubt on the UK’s ambitions to move towards Net Zero - which in...

23 August 2022

From: Breaking News

Energy Efficiency - Funding Options for Retro-fitting Properties

In the drive for the UK to be net zero by 2050, residential landlords are facing costly green refurbishments.   Already, landlords...

06 August 2022

From: Tax & Finance

Energy Efficiency: landlords need subsidies to make changes - claim

A new analysis of household energy consumption has found that a combination of green technologies could reduce bills by up to...

22 July 2022

From: Breaking News

Heat Pumps - the future for heating in rental properties?

A trade body is calling for a partnership with the government to push the domestic heating market towards heat pumps as...

20 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Why a green mortgage could be the answer to new EPC regulation

Whether it’s increasing the amount we recycle, choosing sustainable products, or reducing our carbon footprint by limiting the amount we travel,...

11 June 2022

From: Rental Reform

Hot Stuff! Renters experiment with wallpaper that heats homes

No it’s not an April Fool - some tenants in Wales are experimenting with an alternative to radiators and heat pumps....

31 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Will landlords take up £5,000 heat pumps grant?

A question mark has been raised over the suitability of a scheme starting next month to encourage the switch from gas...

24 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Landlords urged to sign ‘Green Pledge’ and oversee tenants' recycling

A London council is urging private sector landlords with properties in their patch to sign a pledge urging their tenants to...

18 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Thatcher’s Right To Buy damned as “a levelling down failure”

The programme of selling off council houses pioneered by Margaret Thatcher has been a strategic failure adding to inequality in Britain. That’s...

10 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Huge Build To Rent programme announced by pension provider

Legal & General’s Retirement Institutional division has announced a massive £2.5 billion investment to deliver as many as 7,000 Build To...

16 February 2022

From: Breaking News

EPCs to be reviewed - so have they been wrong all this time?

A national newspaper says the current ratings of the Energy Performance Certificate are under review by the Department for Business, Energy...

08 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Energy Bills - New EPC targets to cost landlords over £10k per unit

Landlords believe that energy efficiency upgrades required to comply with Net Zero regulations may cost up to £10,400 per property. From 2025...

26 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Landlords to pay Net Zero costs without tax or grant help - claim

Landlords will have to foot the bill for the government’s energy efficiency proposals without any apparent tax or grant help. That’s the...

12 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Tory complains about “coughing up most of income to landlords”

A prominent Conservative has complained that her party, and others, have failed to do anything about a housing market in which...

05 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Brexiteer MPs campaign against Net Zero EPC targets

Two prominent Brexiteer MPs are spearheading a campaign that claims Net Zero energy efficiency policies are unpopular. In their launch statement, they...

29 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Will 2022 present energy efficiency and rent control challenges?

As we enter 2022 the private rented sector can look back on a year which marked the start of its recovery...

18 December 2021

From: The Big Issues

What are the Alternatives to Gas Boilers?

The UK government’s target to reach net zero emissions by 2050 has necessitated the introduction of initiatives aimed at reducing fossil...

06 November 2021

From: The Big Issues

Shock figures show over 100,000 homes let illegally

PropTech firm Kamma says well over 100,000 private rental homes across the UK are being let illegally because they already fail...

04 November 2021

From: Breaking News

How landlords can help the UK hit Net Zero by 2050

Climate change is at the top of the political agenda this week thanks to Cop26 taking place in Glasgow in a...

30 October 2021

From: Agent Advice

Landlords need ‘green grants’ to make basic eco-improvements - claim

The head of a building body says landlords and home owners need a replacement for the defunct Green Homes Grant to...

22 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Boiling Over: NRLA slams government over boiler policy for landlords

A piecemeal approach to how the private rental sector meets government climate change targets is fraught with problems, the landlords trade...

21 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Generation Rent says Net Zero targets don’t cover basic insulation

Generation Rent has commented on the government’s Net Zero goals, involving phasing out boilers and introducing heat pumps into rental properties. While...

21 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Net Zero: Landlords in different areas need different incentives - claim

The government should factor in the property market’s huge regional variations when offering landlords incentives to become more energy efficient. That’s the call...

21 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Going Green: What landlords need to know now

Landlords can be forgiven for being exasperated by the government’s exhortations to go green.   I don’t need to rehearse here again...

16 October 2021

From: The Big Issues

Revealed - landlords must spend thousands to meet EPC standards

Landlords will have to spend thousands to meet new government demands to improve energy efficiency in rental properties. Geospatial technology company Kamma...

16 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Net Zero: More pressure on landlords to improve EPC rating

A Bill is being introduced into both Houses of Parliament this week which will ramp up the pressure on the private...

21 July 2021

From: Breaking News

 Landlords given five low-cost ways to improve a property’s EPC

Rightmove has identified five ways that landlords and other property owners can improve their property’s EPC rating - some for well...

04 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Don’t give up on Green Homes, top MP tells government

The chair of the all-party Environmental Audit Committee of MPs is urging the government to introduce an alternative to the disastrous Green...

21 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Green Homes Grant failure down to outsourcing logistics to US - claim

A logistics software company with clients across the property spectrum has become the latest critic of the government’s axing of the...

01 April 2021

From: Breaking News

This is where landlords are hit most by Green Homes Grant axe

An analysis of the Green Homes Grant applications show exactly which areas will be hit most when the scheme comes to...

31 March 2021

From: Breaking News

New mortgage range for buy to lets with good EPC ratings

Paragon Bank has launched a range of 80 per cent loan to value buy to let mortgages specifically for properties with...

30 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlords demand more info on energy improvements

The National Residential Landlords Association says it backs a report by MPs sharply criticising EPCs and urging more effective modern energy...

24 March 2021

From: Breaking News

MPs blast government as landlords miss out on Green Homes Grant funds

There’s a new call on the government to get its act together on the Green Homes Grant, which has failed to live...

22 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Green Homes Grant farce - landlords may throw in the towel

A call has gone out for the overhaul of the Green Homes Grant scheme, which so far has left thousands of...

01 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Boiling Over! Landlords face huge bills to meet eco-requirements

Two players in the domestic energy industry are warning landlords that it will be an expensive exercise to meet predicted future...

14 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Gas boilers may be next problem issue hitting landlords

Gas boilers may be the next big issue for the private rental sector as an influential committee has called for them...

10 December 2020

From: Breaking News

New Delivery Hub aims to meet environmental targets

A Delivery Hub will be set up by a new cross sector Future Homes Task Force, comprising of representatives from across...

25 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Next government urged to cut VAT on maintenance and improvement works

The next government should urgently reduce VAT on maintenance and improvement works to people’s homes to help boost investment in the...

04 December 2019

From: Breaking News

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