Thursday 22 March 2018

New plan will force landlords to make properties warmer

Fionnan Sheahan and Sarah Stack

The Government is planning to force landlords to make their properties warmer for tenants by improving the energy efficiency.

The Coalition is also proposing to replace grants for home improvements, such as insulation and retrofitting, with a loan scheme.

Landlords will be required to have minimum energy standards in their properties by 2020. Failure to comply with the rules could result in losing the ability to be involved in rent supplement and rental accommodation schemes.

Energy Minister Pat Rabbitte yesterday published a plan to improve the energy and warmth of low-income homes.

Under the plan, the Government wants to move away from the current grants-based system for retrofitting. Instead, homeowners would borrow to pay for the work required and gradually pay back the loan from savings made on energy bills.

Mr Rabbitte said the plan would ensure people lived in a warm and comfortable home.

"We can't forget those most in need -- particularly as we face into another winter.

"We need a strategy that prioritises what can be done to protect low-income households," he added.

Irish Independent

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