The government has pledged to improve the energy efficiency of some of the coldest privately rented homes in the UK to keep tenants living in warm conditions.
Next year, landlords will be required to install energy-saving measures in accommodation with poor energy performance ratings of F or G at their own cost.
This is a step up from previous legislation announced in April this year, which required owners of rented properties to improve their energy efficiency where financial support is available.
Not only will this keep renters warmer, but it will also reduce their energy bills by £180 a year.
Minister for energy and clean growth Claire Perry said: “Everyone should be protected against the cold in their own home, and today’s announcement will bring this reality closer.”
Housing minister Heather Wheeler MP added this will help “to crack down on the small minatory of rogue landlords and drive up standards in the Private Rented Sector”.
It is thought the new measures will affect 200,000 landlords in the UK covering 290,000 properties.
This comes after the government revealed plans to tackle landlords who treat their renters badly. Councils will be given more power to tackle the problem of overcrowded homes by issuing fines of up to £30,000; and to ensure tenants are not at risk of carbon monoxide poisoning.
Old properties are also at risk of damp and need to be treated with a damp proofing course in London. Otherwise, this could jeopardise renters’ health and safety, as they can lead to health problems, such as respiratory infections, asthma and allergies.