A council says it’s issued no fewer than 400 compliance notices to landlords since the Energy Efficiency (Private Rented Property) (England and Wales) Regulations 2015 came into force on April 1.
East Lindsey council in Lincolnshire says it’s reviewing all private rented properties in a bid to identify any that provide low levels of energy efficiency, including poor heating, lack of insulation, draughts, or single glazed windows and serve a notice to the landlord to have improvement works carried out.
The council says its work to educate and enforce the regulations is helping to improve standards of living for tenants through assisting landlords – however it insists fines will be enforced when works are not carried out.
A spokeswoman says: “The regulations were introduced to ensure that tenants can live in homes with adequate levels of heating and insulation, and whilst we will always assist landlords to comply with their obligations, we will also take robust action against those landlords that fail to provide their tenants with a property that is decent and safe.”
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