The National Landlord's Association (NLA) believes Green Deal is the chance for landlords to show they will self-regulate.
Over half of all UK private sector landlords have made energy efficient improvements to their properties. More than 10% of landlords have upgraded five or more homes.
A survey by the NLA found that 51% of its members had made upgrades with many taking advantage of government schemes such as Warm Front, the Carbon Emissions Reduction Target (CERT) and the Community Energy Saving Programme (CESP), which are all open until 31st December.
The Green Deal and Energy Company Obligation (ECO) schemes will come into being in October but funding for these schemes will not be open until the beginning of 2013.
An NLA spokesperson told Greenbuild: “There are literally millions left in these pots so we are encouraging landlords to make use of that in the interim before Green Deal funding becomes available. We think Green Deal is a great chance to prove they [landlords] can self-regulate, or it will be imposed upon them.” Properties rated F and G on Energy Performance Certificates will not be eligible to let from 2018.
David Salusbury, NLA chairman, said: “The private-rented sector has a key role to play in ensuring Britain meets its energy targets and so it is important that we make use of the funding available.
“It is imperative that landlords future-proof their properties and their investments. If landlords don’t act now, they may find their property cannot be legally let come 2018 under the new legislation.”
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