11 May 2011 12:05:06
Energy Bill receives second reading
The Energy Bill has received its second reading in parliament, with new proposals also announced to impose minimum energy-efficiency standards on landlords under the Green Deal.
Energy and climate change secretary Chris Huhne said that by the year 2016 property owners will no longer be allowed to ignore requests from tenants or local authorities to improve their dwellings.
Legislation will also be enforced from 2018 making it unlawful for a property with an energy efficiency rating of lower than E to be let, which it claims will see in the region of 700,000 buildings improved.
The Department of Energy and Climate Change claims the proposals, designed to encourage take up of the Green Deal among landlords, will help members of society living in a state of fuel poverty.
"For those landlords who don’t take up the Green Deal then we will get tough so that by 2018 the poorest performing rented housing stock is brought up to a decent standard," Mr Huhne said.
Recent research conducted by the Federation of Master Builders found members of the industry are not optimistic that homeowners will participate with the initiative, with 44 per cent saying they felt it was "unlikely" they would engage.