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Raising standards in rented accommodation

New regulations announced this week will make it illegal for landlords to rent out the most energy inefficient homes. From April 2018, landlords will be required to install energy saving measures in properties which fall into the two worst energy efficiency ratings, Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) Bands “F” and “G”. From April 2016, landlords of privately rented homes will be required to accept reasonable requests from tenants for energy efficiency measures to be installed.

 

Financial support is available through the Green Deal and Energy Company Obligation, which means landlords don’t necessarily have to foot the bill for installing new boilers and insulation measures to improve the energy efficiency of their properties.

 

Estimates suggest that, on average, the difference in a heating bill from the least energy efficient properties and those with an energy rating Band “E” is £880 – a significant amount of money.

 

Energy Secretary Ed Davey said: “These new laws will plug the gaps in draughty homes – helping households to keep warm and drive down bills. Many of the poorest tenants will benefit and, with government support, landlords can improve their properties at no upfront cost.”

 

“These new regulations will drive bills down in some of the worst-insulated homes where up to one million tenants are paying too much to keep warm. It’s also good news for landlords, who can benefit from improved properties with the financial support of the Green Deal and other schemes, and a real boost to the industry.”

 

The government is also drawing up plans for a £25 million fund to support the installation of first-time central heating systems in off-grid households. This is on top of an investment of over half a billion pounds over three years to get Britain’s homes warmer and leaking less energy.

Improving efficiency and gas safety

We welcome changes that help to make any property more energy efficient, while ensuring that some of the most vulnerable in society are kept warm and ultimately, well. Last year, Logic Certification launched a courses to help landlords, estate agents and housing managers, in both the public and private sector, maintain gas safety in their properties, covering carbon monoxide poisoning as well as general health and safety, regulations and paperwork.

Qualifications are available for both managers and those assisting them carry out their job, such as customer facing Housing Association employees and supporting maintenance staff.

Gas safety qualifications:

QCF - Level 4 Certificate in Gas Safety Management in Social Housing

QCF - Level 2 Award in Gas Safety Awareness in Social Housing

QCF - Level 2 Award in Gas Safety Awareness in Residential Premises

QCF Level 4 Certificate in Gas Safety Management in Residential Premises

 

To find your nearest Logic Certification centre, click here.

 

 

 

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