The new energy policy from the UK Government is failing older properties in the British countryside by issuing inaccurate information to homeowners.
From the 1stApril 2018 it will be illegal for private landlords to rent out properties with an energy performance certificate (EPC) rating lower than E to a new tenant. From the 1stApril 2020 this will be applicable to all existing tenancies.
These regulations have caused widespread concern across the private rental sector, having had particular impact on older rural property, according to the Country Landowners Association. A report from the Association said that despite the imminence of the regulation coming into practice, the Government has yet to confirm how they will work and which properties will be included.
For independent and impartial advice for saving energy and the Green Deal, the Energy Saving Advice Service (England and Wales) can be contacted at 0300 123 1234 or www.energysavingtrust.org.uk or the Home Energy Scotland Advice Service (Scotland) at 0808 808 2282 or www.greenerscotland.org.