Landlords who are renting out properties with no gas central heating system are being given help to install one at a reduced rate through the Warm Homes Programme.
Fuel poverty is a significant issue in the private rented sector in the Bradford district with 25% of households in privately rented properties in the district living in fuel poverty.
However, low rents can make it difficult for private landlords to make the significant investments required to improve their properties in this section of the market.
The recent Minimum Energy Efficiency Standard (MEES) regulations have added a new responsibility for landlords, now making it unlawful to rent out a property with an EPC rating of less than E (this will raise to an EPC rating of D in 2025).
The government have proposed that from April 2019, private landlords will be obliged to spend up to £2,500 to ensure that their rental properties meet this standard.
Bradford Council has been working with neighbouring local authorities and the Better Homes Yorkshire framework to help landlords meet their obligations under the new MEES regulations.
The Warm Homes Programme can offer a new first time gas central heating system to qualifying households living in a suitable private rented property. This offer would require a contribution of only £1,500 from the landlord.
Coun Sarah Ferriby, Bradford Council’s Executive Member for Healthy People and Places, said: “This offer will help both the landlords and tenants through installing energy efficient heating systems. Keeping your home warm is essential to being able to stay healthy over the winter, particularly for children and older people or those with a health condition, so I hope landlords act now to take up the offer before the warm weather ends.”
To apply and for more information, landlords and/or tenants can contact Pete Betts, Sustainable Housing Officer, Bradford Council by telephone on 01274 432497.