Improving the energy performance of privately rented homes in England and Wales

The CLA has responded to the Government's consultation: Improving the energy performance of privately rented homes in England and Wales which most notably proposes the tightening minimum standards to EPC Band C from 2025 for new tenancies and by 2028 for all existing tenancies paired with an increase to the landlord cost cap to £10,000.

In our response, we highlight the unique challenge faced by off-gas grid, traditional rural homes and the serious impact these proposals will have on the rural private rented sector.  We raise a number of serious concerns, including the assessment methodology, the fuel-cost metric, the increased landlord cost cap and the timescale.

Briefing Note: Consultation: Improving the energy performance of privately rented homes in England and Wales

On 30 September, BEIS published the long-awaited consultation on the future trajectory of domestic minimum energy efficiency standards in England and Wales: https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/improving-the-energy-performance-of-privately-rented-homes

Most notably, the consultation proposes the tightening minimum standard to EPC Band C from 2025 for new tenancies and by 2028 for all existing tenancies paired with an increase to the landlord cost cap to £10,000.  This briefing note provides an overview of the consultation and highlights the CLA's key concerns and recommendations.


 

OTS: Review of Capital Gains Tax

The Office of Tax Simplification (OTS) was asked by the Chancellor to review capital gains tax (CGT) and issued a call for evidence in July.  The CLA has met with the OTS to discuss the tax and has now submitted a detailed response which raises the importance of the reliefs for members' businesses and provides views on the technical detail and practical operation of CGT.

Green Heat Network Fund

BEIS issued a call for evidence on 30 September 2020 to help shape a forthcoming consultation on the design a new Green Heat Networks Fund, which is proposed to be available from April 2022.  Heat is responsible for around a third of UK greenhouse gas emissions and decarbonising heat is a key requirement in order to meet government Net Zero ambitions.  A growth in the heat networks sector based on low carbon energy sources will be an important way to achieve this.  In our response CLA calls for the GHNF to be designed to provide support to small rural heat networks of a few properties as well as large networks serving thousands of properties in cities.  Rural areas are off mains gas and oil heat dominated - so offer much in the way of potential decarbonisation of heat by replacing oil boilers with low carbon heat networks using biomass and heat pumps.  There are a great many clusters of rural properties across the countryside where the heat networks model could be usefully deployed thereby helping rural areas to play their part in reaching our collective Net Zero ambitions.

GN12-20 Heritage Enforcement and Prosecution in England and Wales

This Guidance Note explains enforcement and prosecution in cases where there is (or it is being claimed that there is) building work which has breached listed building, planning, or scheduled monument law.  This is surprisingly common, often because local authorities do not understand the law.  It has a strong emphasis on the practical actions members can take in these circumstances.

It does not cover the separate issue of local authority action if buildings are in disrepair (for which see the separate CLA Guidance Note Solutions for problem heritage and heritage at risk).

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