The private rented sector is the Capital’s fastest-growing housing tenure, now accounting for more than 25% of London’s households. Yet this booming sector is failing many of its tenants, with 35% of properties below Decent Homes standards, and private renters disproportionately affected by fuel poverty, as well as uncontrolled rent rises and instability of tenure.
A raft of new legislation – from forthcoming energy efficiency deadlines in The Energy Act 2011 to the London Rental Standard – signals the way for improving standards in the sector. But there are a number of challenges – from financing retrofit to communicating with a disparate landlord group – that hamper the scale of change that is needed.
Sponsored by EDF Energy, this research programme will consider the main challenges to engaging London’s PRS landlords in energy efficiency, and highlight ways that boroughs can improve private rented sector housing in their communities.
Work on this project has begun, and will run to December 2014. Opportunities to take part in the research are forthcoming, and will include research seminars and a launch event. Please get in touch with Jo Wilson if you’d like to get involved.
EDF Energy is one of the UK’s largest energy companies and its largest producer of low-carbon electricity. A wholly-owned subsidiary of the EDF Group, one of Europe’s largest energy groups, EDF Energy generate around one fifth of the UK’s electricity and employ around 15,000 people. They supply electricity and gas to around 5.5 million residential and business customers, making them the biggest supplier of electricity by volume.
EDF Energy has previously supported Future of London’s Delivering Energy Efficiency series which has looked at the impact of the Green Deal and the Energy Company Obligation, with a particular focus on knowledge sharing and best practice among practitioners.