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Buy To Let Expense By Government

Buy to let expense for investors in England and Wales who own particularly cold homes and are being targeted by new regulations.

Since April this year, landlords who own some of the coldest privately rented homes have been required to improve these properties with energy efficiency measures where support is available to cover the costs.

But new measures announced by the government will go further requiring landlords to contribute to the cost of upgrades.

During 2019, properties with an Energy Performance Certificate rating of F or G, the lowest two energy efficiency ratings available, must be made warmer by landlords before they can be put on the rental market for new tenancies.

This buy to let expense is expected to cost £1,200 on average and will affect 290,000 properties, which represents around six per cent of the overall domestic market.

These changes are expected to save households an average of £180 a year while reducing carbon emissions and potentially increasing property values with analysis showing the cost to the landlord would be more than offset by the increase in property value.

Energy and Clean Growth Minister Claire Perry says: “While the vast majority of landlords take great pride in the properties they own, a minority still rent out housing that is difficult to keep warm. Upgrading these homes so they are more energy efficient is one of the most effective ways to tackle fuel poverty and help bring down bills for their tenants, saving them £180 a year.”

Energy and Clean Growth Minister Claire Perry says: “While the vast majority of landlords take great pride in the properties they own, a minority still rent out housing that is difficult to keep warm. Upgrading these homes so they are more energy efficient is one of the most effective ways to tackle fuel poverty and help bring down bills for their tenants, saving them £180 a year.”

Housing Minister Heather Wheeler MP adds: “I strongly welcome these new measures, which will help improve the coldest homes, protecting tenants whilst also saving them money. This builds on our on-going work to crack down on the small minority of rogue landlords and drive up standards in the Private Rented Sector, including through our reviews of health and safety standards and carbon monoxide alarm requirements in the home.”

Most landlords will be unaffected by the buy to let expense changes as their properties are already compliant.

Where upgrades are necessary, the average cost to improve an F or G rated property to a band E is expected to be around £1,200 – far below the upper ceiling being brought forward under new regulations. Examples of measures include: installing floor insulation, low energy lighting or increasing loft insulation.

If upgrades will cost more than £3,500, landlords will be able to register for an exemption.

The latest buy to let expense will come into force during 2019 – the government hasn’t given an exact date- and will affect around 200,000 landlords.

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