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Bideford’s landlords could be forced into making energy-efficient improvements to their rental properties - or face a Government ban on being allowed to rent them out.

Earlier this week, the Government brought forward an amendment to its energy bill which will mean that landlords whose properties fall into the lowest-rated F and G energy efficiency bands can be prevented from renting these properties out.

As a result, around a fifth of the total rental private rental properties will have to be refurbished or taken off the market. That said landlords have until 2018 – a whole six years – to implement the improvements; a deadline that has not best pleased environmental campaigners!

And whilst the amendment means tenants can insist their landlords make the changes, there is no additional provision to protect those who ask – in other words, if you kick off you can be kicked out.

What do you think? Are you a landlord who thinks your rents are a fair reflection of the energy status of your properties or a ‘fuel impoverished’ tenant who is dreading the prospect of another cold winter?

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By Susanya at 19:13 on 17/06/11

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