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Dangerously Cold Rental Homes Will Now Be Made Illegal

Dangerously Cold Rental Homes Will Now Be Made Illegal

We already know that more Brits die from cold than Siberians, and that this fuel poverty has lead to a call for renting dangerously cold homes to be made illegal. Now that campaign has scored a major victory, with the worst performing homes becoming illegal to rent by the year 2018. But is it enough to stop people dying?

Major Victory on Warmer Homes

The promises of Britain’s coalition government to be “the greenest government ever” so far appear to be receiving very mixed reviews at best. But Friends of the Earth has just announced one major and important victory in the struggle for energy efficiency and environmental justice.

Insulation and Weatherization is a Safety Issue

As of 2018, it will become illegal for landlords to rent homes given an F or a G energy rating. This new law will mean that just as rental homes need to meet minimum fire safety and building code standards, so too they will need to reach a certain level of energy efficiency to avoid being a health hazard. Warm Homes campaigner Dave Timms welcomed the move:

This legislation will protect many vulnerable families from fuel poverty and high energy bills in the future. The Government has made it clear that renting out dangerously cold and draughty homes is unacceptable — landlords will have to improve their properties or face prosecution.

But campaigners are still pushing for more. The original campaign called for new laws to come into effect by 2016, and to provide protection from eviction for tenants who request energy efficiency improvements. Campaigners are also calling for action on privately-owned inefficient homes too.

But this was a welcome piece of good news for an environmental movement that expected more from its new government.

This post was originally published by Treehugger.

 

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Photo from Brandon Christopher Warren via flickr
written by Sami Grover, a Treehugger blogger

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6:49AM PST on Jan 23, 2013

Thank you Lindsay, for Sharing this!

5:50PM PDT on May 19, 2011

This sounds very good. Humans deserve warmth, even if they rent.

11:37PM PDT on May 18, 2011

How could anyone rent out a house where people can die because of no heat? I live in Wisconsin. From November 15 to April 15 the fuel companies cannot turn you off from lack of payment. How greedy, how cruel. Does the landlord come in and remove the frozen bodies and put out a rent sign? Come on England this is an emergency.

8:30PM PDT on May 17, 2011

It's already illegal in most places in the U.S. to rent out a house or apartment that isn't or cannot be sufficiently heated.

But the burden is on the tenant to document phone calls, send certified letters, photograph a long series of temperature readings, put and photograph plastic weatherproofing on windows, photograph gaps in walls, etc., and take the landlords to court. Those afraid or unable to do so sometimes end up with no heat and hypothermia.

5:56PM PDT on May 17, 2011

everone needs a warm home in winter, cool in summer. there are so many people everyplace living like this.

4:54PM PDT on May 17, 2011

By 2018? How many more will die in 7 years?
Is the suppose to be good news?

6:55AM PDT on May 17, 2011

I can see two sides to this problem. it will force land loards to improve their properties but it will also rais rent rates for property forcing the verry porrest into the streets to the same fate possibly faster. To freeze to death in the cold.

4:41AM PDT on May 17, 2011

Great idea. I really like that it will includes safety checks.

3:03AM PDT on May 17, 2011

Thanks for the post, but I think a better question is why should anyone have to wait untill 2018?

10:04PM PDT on May 16, 2011

Maybe we need this law here, too.

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