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November 2021

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Published on 1 November 2021

Tackling substandard private rented properties

Graph showing an example of a property’s current and potential energy efficiency
Graph showing an example of a property’s current and potential energy efficiency

A successful bid for funding has been made by Teignbridge to support its efforts to clamp down on landlords renting homes with the worst performing energy efficiency ratings.

The Council has won a share of a multi-million government funding package designed to enforce the requirement introduced last year for all private rental properties to have a minimum ‘E’ energy efficiency rating.

Poorly insulated properties often leave tenants struggling to keep warm and with higher energy bills, Teignbridge estimates that 16% of private rented households live in fuel poverty.  The Government believes that enforcing the minimum standards could reduce the average energy bill of these households by £180 and reduce carbon emissions.

Landlords who don’t meet the minimum standards introduced last year can be fined up to £5,000 per property, per breach.

With the £39,000 funding it is to receive, Teignbridge aims to secure improvements in 300 properties before the end of the financial year.

The goal is to ensure that landlords understand the requirements of the minimum energy efficiency standards legislation, know where they can access funding streams such as the Green Homes Grants and that when undertaking improvements consider the next change in standards which is expected in 2025 when rented properties will need to have a ‘C’ energy efficiency rating.

The Council expects landlords to respond to the advice detailed on the properties energy performance certificate and implement recommended works to achieve a minimum E energy efficiency rating.

Executive Member for Housing, Cllr Martin Wrigley welcomed the additional funding.  “This funding will enable us to target homes which fall below the standard and to achieve real change either through educating landlords or by taking enforcement action against them,

“It is not acceptable that some landlords refuse to meet the minimum standards that most of us take for granted, especially as winter draws near and energy bills are increasing.

“We will take enforcement action if we need to, but we would prefer to speak to landlords, make sure they know about the help that is available and encourage them to improve their properties as soon as possible. “