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The loophole leaving renters in the cold

Date published: 05 October 2017


Dear Editor,

The UK has some of the leakiest homes in Europe, wasting us millions of pounds in energy bills each year.

Across England and Wales, hundreds of thousands of renters live in homes that are draughty, damp and cold.

Due to a new loophole in housing rules, the government could be about to hand them a £1 billion bill instead of requiring landlords to improve the worst properties.

From April, private landlords in England and Wales will not be allowed to rent out the coldest homes.

Fuel poverty leaves families in the UK choosing between heating and eating. Currently, one in 10 UK households are fuel poor, and that number rises to one in five in private rental accommodation.

There is a loophole; landlords will not have to improve their properties if that would cost them any money up front (yes, you read that right).

If the government will not close the loophole, tenants could be left in the cold.

Concerned readers of Rochdale Online can find out how energy efficient homes in their own area are, lobby their own MP and learn more about 10:10s campaign at:

https://1010uk.org/articles/cold-homes-loophole

Thank you.

Yours,

Andrew Wastling

The views expressed are those of the author of the letter and not those of Rochdale Online.


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