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Support on the way for Bristol tenants

Council wins funding to improve living conditions in city.

12 November 2021

Bristol City Council has been awarded funding to help improve the living conditions of families renting damp, cold homes across Bristol.

Since April last year privately-rented homes must meet a minimum energy performance rating of EPC Band E, making it illegal to rent out homes below that standard unless landlords have a limited exemption. Landlords renting homes that do not reach those standards can be fined up to £5,000 per property and per breach.

The council has now been awarded almost £100,000 which will be used to raise awareness of the standards, and target properties that fall short. This will be done by working to educate landlords, providing referrals to relevant grants and loans and, if necessary, enforcement.

Officers will be looking to target the worst-performing private rented homes with the ultimate aim of tackling fuel poverty and reducing carbon emissions produced by the domestic housing sector.

Badly insulated properties often leave those renting their homes struggling to keep warm and with higher energy bills.

Councillor Tom Renhard, Cabinet Member for Housing Delivery and Homes at Bristol City Council, said: “We welcome the additional funding from government to help us tackle enforcement in the private rented sector. 

“The additional funding will be used to ensure that improvements to the energy efficiency of private rented accommodation meets the current EPC ‘E’ requirement and private landlords are encouraged to improve their accommodation towards EPC level ‘C’ by 2030.

“Bristol City Council has been actively reducing carbon emissions since 2004 when we adopted our first climate strategy. Since then, Bristol’s progress has continued, being the first Local Authority to declare a climate emergency. We have also spent £42m on retrofitting our own council housing stock since 2016.

“This additional funding will enable us to progress our ambition to be a carbon neutral and carbon resilient city by 2030.”

The funding comes from the Department for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) which has awarded £4.3m to 59 councils across the country.

Further information on landlords’ responsibilities can be found on the Bristol City Council website.

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