Bill to introduce energy efficiency into mortgage surveys

A Private Member's Bill to require mortgage lenders to survey the energy efficiency of dwellings and inform prospective purchasers of ways to cut their fuel bills received its second reading in the House of Commons on 6 February and has a reasonable chance of becoming law.

Introduced by John Burnett (LibDem, Torridge and West Devon), the Energy Efficiency Bill follows a similar measure which fell foul of opposition from the previous Government and mortgage lenders. Both argued that the cost of carrying out an energy efficiency survey as part of routine surveys - put at no more than £15 - would impose unacceptable costs on lenders (ENDS Report 264, p 28 

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