Landlords could face fines if homes are not eco-friendly enough
PUBLISHED: 17:28 21 June 2018
Private landlords in the west of Norfolk could soon be fined if the homes they rent out are not eco-friendly enough.
If a report is approved by councillors, landlords could receive fines of up to £5,000 if their properties are not rated at least E on the government’s energy efficiency scale.
The scale, which is set out by central government, gives properties a rating based on how it uses energy, on an A to G scale, with A being most efficient and G being least.
Following government regulations which came into effect in April, members of King’s Lynn and West Norfolk Council’s cabinet will vote on whether to adopt financial penalties for those which score F or G ratings on this scale.
The report, which will go before cabinet on Monday, states that on average energy costs in these properties are more than £600 dearer per year than rented properties rated E or above, and £1,000 more than the average home.
The report could see fines of up to £5,000 issued if their properties are consistently found to be in breach of regulations.
However, landlords will not be immediately fined, with the council allowing the problems to be addressed before giving out penalties.
The report says: “It is proposed that where a landlord is evidently in breach of the regulations and where it is their first offence, the penalty notice issued will not contain a financial penalty element, but will require the landlord to remedy the situation by either registering as a valid exemption or completing the relevant and appropriate works within a reasonable period.”
Following the notice, if the landlord is unsuccessful in registering as an exemption, or is not seen to be addressing the issue, the council will be able to issue financial penalties.
The are set out in the following way: • Being in breach for less than three months - up to £2,000
• Being in breach for three months or longer - up to £4,000
• Providing false or misleading information - up to £1,000
• Failing to comply with a compliance notice - up to £2,000
The report is recommended for approval.