Thursday, August 11, 2022

Dorset landlords warned on home insulation

Dorset landlords

In the last five years more than 700 properties in Dorset have been rented with an EPC that is in the lowest two bands of F and G

Dorset Council has been awarded £98,000 to improve the most poorly insulated rented homes.

The Government cash boost has provided more than £800,000 to authorities across the south west to raise awareness and enforce rules banning landlords renting homes with worst performing energy efficiency ratings.

It will help low-incomes families – saving those living in the least energy efficient homes an average £180 a year on energy bills via upgrades.

In the last five years more than 700 properties in Dorset have been rented with an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) that is in the lowest two bands (F and G).

Cllr Graham Carr-Jones, Dorset Council Housing Portfolio Holder for Housing and Community Safety, said: This funding will help us improve some of the worst energy performing properties in Dorset, making sure that all properties provide safe and legal accommodation for residents.

Over the next few months landlords with a property with a low energy performance certificate (EPC) score will be contacted by our Housing Standards officers, Carr-Jones said. We will give advice, but also take enforcement action if that is what’s necessary to improve these homes.

A spokeswoman from Dorset Council confirmed the council has been awarded £98,000 in total.

The enforcement campaign will help more than 9,000 families living in cold and draughty rented properties across the south west, while funding measures such as landlord roadshows and workshops, free property surveys, targeted mailshots and more inspections.

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

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


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