Energy-wasting landlords face law

The government has decided to crack down on landlords who rent the least energy-efficient housing, introducing new regulations.

Previously the energy and climate department (DECC) had hoped landlords would improve their heat-leaking properties voluntarily, with regulation only a threat in the background. But lobbying by housing and energy conservation groups has led DECC secretary Chris Huhne to change his mind.

He told the House of Commons this week that from April 2016 landlords will not be allowed to refuse reasonable requests from tenants, or councils acting for tenants, to improve their property.

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