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Housing Law – the bigger picture – greening the PRS

Wind energyWhat with financial crashes and the like, its all gone a bit quiet on the ‘save the planet’ front.

But if scientists are right and we are on the verge of catastrophe, its not going to stop just because the economy has gone a bit wobbly.

I am not a scientist and I don’t know of my own knowledge whether the environmentalists are right or not about global warming (although who does? Really and truly?).

Some reasons why

However there are other reasons to try to reduce our dependence on fossil fuels and develop renewables:

  • one day we are going to run out of gas, oil and coal (e.g. peak oil).  We may as well face up to it and prepare
  • I don’t know about you, but I feel uneasy about depending for our fuel supplies so much on foreign powers who may one day decide to pull the plug on us
  • After all the development and setup costs have been paid, I strongly suspect that renewable energy will prove to be MUCH cheaper

My belief is that technology has a long way to go with renewable energy, and that we ain’t seen nothin’ yet.

For example, in the 1950’s, who would have thought that one day you would be able to carry an immensely powerful computer (more powerful than anything in existence at that time) around in your top pocket masquerading as a phone?

That same kind of development can and hopefully will take place in the green energy industry. All that power beaming down daily from the sun. There MUST be more efficient (and safe) ways of harnessing it and using it. We just haven’t found them yet (or maybe they have been found but need to be developed). It will come.

But research and development need to be kickstarted by demand. Which can be ensured through regulation.

Which brings us back to landlords.

The problem

Vast amounts of energy are used and wasted in domestic housing. Regulations are being made to ensure better standards in new housing.

However, as we all know, not a lot of new housing is being built at the moment. Most of us live in older housing. The vast majority of which is massively energy inefficient. A lot of work needs to be done to improve this.

Many of the problem properties are in the private rented sector and this sector is also notoriously bad at improving property to make it energy efficient. Hardly surprising really as the benefits will mostly accrue (or are perceived to mostly accrue) to the tenant rather than to the landlord.

There are plans to improve things via the Green Deal but more could be done.

A solution?

If there was a national rented property register as suggested earlier in this series, this could be a very useful way for funding and services to be delivered and improvements monitored. It could have a very big impact on the greening of our rented property sector.

How this would be done would depend very much how the regulation system was developed and set up, but I would suggest that this is something that should be taken into account from the very start.

After all, if the scientists are to be believed, we may not have that long to sort things out …

What is the green deal and how will it help landlords?

Energy Efficiency Rating Chart

Looking at the Green Deal, what it is and how it can help landlords reduce energy costs in their rented propertiesContinue Reading

The cost of poor housing – a report from Wales

bad housing

Last week I did a post called poor housing = poor health.  This looked at a report out which showed that poor housing conditions are believed to cost the NHS at least £600 million per year. I now learn of another new report – this one is a bit more detailed (and costs £30) . Continue Reading

Greenpeace UK – Charity of the Month (September)

This is the UK section of Greenpeace – the environmental organisation.  To quote the web-site: We defend the natural world and promote peace by investigating, exposing and confronting environmental abuse, and championing environmentally responsible solutions. To find out more, see the web-site, you can donate here.

How being a green landlord can save, and even ‘earn’ you more money!

Energy efficiency

Another excellent article from our regular guest blogger, Ben Reeve-Lewis, this time on the advantages of green landlording. Energy efficiency and grants for landlords So with Grant Shapps announcing the end of HIPs and the increased importance of EPCs, it is a timely opportunity to look at landlords and the environment. Do you consider yourselfContinue Reading

Ecoweek at My Property Mentor Blog – Guest blog by Roberta Ward

Guest post

This is another blog post from Roberta Ward of My Property Mentor.  This is a roundup post listing a week of Eco related posts on her blog.  Roberta has kindly allowed me to reproduce this here, as I thought it would be of interest to you. ***** We kicked off last week prior to theContinue Reading

Great articles in the current issue of Roof – the housing magazine from Shelter

Roof Magazine

Two years ago I did a review of Roof Magazine on my Landlord Law site, where I said how good it was. I have just finished reading the January / February 2010 issue, and have decided I need to write about it again. It really is excellent, this issue in particular. For example articles IContinue Reading

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