Landlords must provide warm homes for Adur and Worthing tenants

Released: Wednesday, 26 January 2022

Landlords in Adur and Worthing will be issued with notices as part of a clampdown to improve energy efficiency in the private rented sector.

Funding is being used to raise awareness and enforce rules which ban landlords from renting out homes with poor energy efficiency ratings in a campaign to save families on a low income money on their energy bills.

Adur & Worthing Councils is one of 59 local authorities across England and Wales which was awarded £30,000 in funding by the Midlands Energy Hub, helping it to enforce the Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES) regulations.

The funding is part of the Private Rented Sector (PRS) Compliance and Enforcement Competition, run by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS).

It has been illegal to privately rent out homes below the minimum energy performance rating of EPC Band E since April 2018 unless landlords have a limited exemption. Those that breach the rules can be fined up to £5,000 per property and per breach.

Landlords should be undertaking energy efficiency upgrades including loft and cavity wall insulation, and double glazing which it is estimated will save £180 a year on average for each home.

The funding will be used by the council to identify landlords with the worst performing properties and robustly encourage them to comply with the law by improving their energy efficiency.

Landlords can register a legitimate exemption, for example, if a freeholder of a building does not consent to the work taking place. In this case, the landlord will need to complete as many improvements as they reasonably can.

Councillor Neil Parkin, leader of Adur District Council, said:

“With energy prices on the rise and the weather getting colder, landlords need to make sure their properties are insulated well to keep their tenants warm.

“We know the vast majority of landlords play by the rules but we won't hesitate to crack down on those who do not comply.”

Councillor Kevin Jenkins, leader of Worthing Borough Council, said:

“The energy efficiency of privately rented accommodation in Worthing and Adur will be greatly improved by ensuring landlords comply with the rules.

“It means tenants will have warm homes that are not cold and damp, which will help to improve their health and wellbeing.”

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