Response to consultation on Private Rented Sector Energy Efficiency

Date published: 
02 September 2014

This publication is the Mayor of London’s response to the Department of Energy and Climate Change’s consultation on the Private Rented Sector Energy Efficiency Regulations (Domestic) (England and Wales). The consultation focuses on: (1) efficiency improvement regulations that will empower private domestic tenants to request consent for energy efficiency measures from 1st April 2016; and, (2) minimum energy efficiency standard regulations that will require eligible properties in the sector to be improved to a specified minimum standard from 1st April 2018.

This response sets out areas where the Mayor supports proposals in the consultation, as well as providing a number of recommendations to Government, including:

  • Broadening the scope of the regulations to include Houses in Multiple Occupation, in all situations;
  • Placing more onus on the landlord to arrange the energy efficiency measures / improvement plan and seek funding to cover the cost of any improvements;
  • Encouraging landlords  to use available finance mechanisms/grants but also, where necessary, ‘invest’ in the improvements themselves – the Mayor disagrees that the regulations should only apply if there is nil up-front cost to the landlord;
  • Recommending that ambitious efficiency standards should apply beyond 2018, in order to align with DECC’s decarbonisation pathway for reducing emissions in buildings entirely by 2050.

The full response is available in the documents which can be downloaded from the bottom of this page.

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