Campaign to crack down on cold and draughty homes

Derbyshire Dales District Council is taking part in the Private Rented Sector (PRS) Compliance and Enforcement Competition funded by the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS), with support from the Midlands Energy Hub.

The scheme is designed to support local authorities to raise awareness of the Minimum Energy Efficiency Standard (MEES) regulations, which in April 2020 introduced the minimum standard of EPC Band E for privately rented properties and to enforce the rules where landlords remain non-compliant.

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Michael Gallagher, Head of Midlands Energy Hub announced:
“Midlands Energy Hub are delighted to be supporting Derbyshire Dales District Council with the PRS Enforcement Competition, funded by BEIS. This competition looks to assist 59 local authorities across England and Wales with implementing and enforcing the requirements of the Minimum Energy Efficiency Standard (MEES) Regulations.

“Through improving the quality of housing stock, the whole project looks to target over 95,000 of the worst-performing private rented homes with the ultimate aim of tackling fuel poverty and reducing carbon emissions produced by the domestic housing sector.”

By March 2022 the District Council’s Environmental Health Team aim to contact all private landlords within the Derbyshire Dales whose rented properties fail to meet the minimum standard as well as those landlords who haven’t yet commissioned an EPC.

Officers will offer landlords the guidance and support they need to achieve EPC Band E or above, and, in circumstances where this can’t be achieved, support landlords who may be eligible to lodge an exemption.

Councillor Chris Furness, Chair of the Community and Environment Committee at Derbyshire Dales District Council said:
“The BEIS funding is greatly welcomed by the District Council and will help us to proactively engage with private landlords. Our Environmental Health Team are eager to encourage landlords to work alongside them so that they can access the support and information they need. However, they will seek enforcement action for landlords who refuse to engage.

“We urge all private landlords to check the EPCs of their rented housing stock and take immediate action to improve poor energy performance.

“Together we can drive up the standards in the private rented sector and reduce carbon emissions from heating energy inefficient homes”.

For advice on the Minimum Energy Efficiency Regulations and your responsibilities as a landlord to meet the requirements please contact Environmental Health at envhealth@derbyshiredales.gov.uk or by calling 01629 761212.

For further information on the Private Rented Sector (PRS) Compliance and Enforcement Competition BEIS have published this press release.

Derbyshire Dales District Council is taking part in the Private Rented Sector (PRS) Compliance and Enforcement Competition, funded by the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS), with support from the Midlands Energy Hub.

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