York leads consortium to uphold standards in private rented homes

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Almost £300,000 has been awarded to a consortium of regional local authorities led by City of York Council to help stop landlords renting out homes with poor energy efficiency ratings.

As the lead authority, York will provide Bradford, Hambleton, Harrogate, Kirklees, North Lincolnshire, Rotherham, Ryedale and Wakefield Councils with advice, technical support and training to allow them to start this work. If necessary, the authorities can take action to require private landlords to improve their properties’ energy efficiency.

The Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has awarded £4.3 million to 59 local authorities across the UK, to help raise awareness and enforce rules around energy efficiency standards. The York-led successful bid of £300k will be applied to support and enforce those standards among the consortium members.

Besides helping raise standards in private rented accommodation, this will also address tenants’ fuel poverty and provide healthy, affordable homes.

Since April last year, privately rented homes must meet a minimum energy performance rating of EPC E. The legislation makes it illegal to rent out homes below that standard, unless landlords have a limited exemption.

Landlords caught failing to fulfil their obligations can be fined up to £5,000 per property and per breach.

Cllr Denise Craghill, Executive Member for Housing and Safer Communities at City of York Council, said: "I’m delighted that our leading role in the region to support raising standards in the private sector, has led to the successful bid of £300,000 to further this work.

“This funding will continue to help City of York Council to support landlords within its boundaries, and other local authorities to support landlords in theirs, with these important energy efficiency changes.

“The funding will also help enforce these standards, and so tackle fuel poverty while ensuring that tenants can live in a warm home with fair energy bills.”

Landlords can find advice and guidance at https://www.york.gov.uk/private-landlords-tenants/energy-performance-certificates/1

Published: 4th November 2021

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