Consultation outcome

Domestic Private Rented Sector minimum level of energy efficiency

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Domestic rented sector minimum level of energy efficiency: government response

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Detail of outcome

The government response sets out the policy decisions on amendments to The Energy Efficiency (Private Rented Property) (England and Wales) Regulations 2015 for domestic properties.

The key decisions include:

  • the introduction of a capped landlord contribution of £3,500 (inclusive of VAT)
  • removal of the Consent Exemption currently available where a sitting tenant does not consent to a Green Deal charge
  • inclusion of an evidential requirement for the registration of a ‘high cost’ exemption
  • curtailment of the period of validity of previously registered ‘no cost’ exemptions

Other policy decisions relate to the operational efficacy of the Regulations.

Feedback received

Detail of feedback received

The consultation received 198 formal responses.

The majority of responses were supportive of the government’s key proposal to amend the domestic minimum standard regulations to introduce a capped landlord contribution element. However there was some disagreement over the proposed level of the cap, and a number of other specific proposals, with a range of views expressed on these issues.

The formal government response setting out government’s position on the issues raised by respondents will be published later in the year.

Original consultation

Summary

We're seeking views on amendments to The Energy Efficiency (Private Rented Property) (England and Wales) Regulations 2015 for domestic properties.

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Consultation description

We’re seeking views on the government’s proposal to amend the domestic Minimum Level of Energy Efficiency Regulations to introduce a capped landlord financial contribution element.

This proposal is designed to future-proof the regulations and make them as effective as possible, while protecting landlords against excessive cost burdens. With a cost-cap, domestic landlords would only need to see investment in improvements to an EPC F or G rated property up to the value of that cap. The government’s preferred cap level is £2,500 per property. A range of additional, alternative, cap options are set out in the consultation and the associated consultation impact assessment.

The consultation is intended for all interested parties including landlords and tenants, local government, energy suppliers, energy assessors, small and large businesses, consumers, and the general public.

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Consultation to amend The Energy Efficiency (Private Rented Property) (England and Wales) Regulations 2015 in relation to domestic properties to remove the “no cost to the landlord” principle

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Amending the Private Rented Sector Energy Efficiency Regulations: consultation stage impact assessment

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Published 19 December 2017
Last updated 5 November 2018 + show all updates
  1. Government response published
  2. Added summary of responses.
  3. First published.