Buy to Let Property Improvements Need to be Green According to New Government Proposals

16 April 2012 Categories: News

Buy to Let Property Improvements Need to be Green According to New Government Proposals

It has emerged this week that the government has submitted a new set of proposals that recommend landlords and home owners who apply for permission to make repairs and improvements to their property are ‘encouraged’ to make additional, un-budgeted for improvements at the same time…all in a bid to make properties greener.

According to Conservative MP Tim Yeo, the new proposals will effectively force landlords to complete non-essential improvements aimed at improving energy efficiency at the same time as they make minor repairs or improvements to their rental properties. If they refuse they could be denied permission to make essential repairs by their local council.
It is thought the government wants to introduce a scheme that means all property repairs, such as the installation of a new boiler or central heating system, are logged with the council. The council will then ‘recommend’ additional improvements, such as new double glazing or loft insulation that will also need to be carried out in order to get permission for the boiler installation.

And of course the cost of the ‘recommended’ improvements can be covered using the new government Green Deal scheme due to be launched in October.

Mr Yeo commented on the proposals saying; “You’ve got to find ways of making the public more enthusiastic [about energy efficiency] and I think compelling people who have applied for planning consent to make some alteration to their home isn’t necessarily going to help.”