Local MP backs campaign to end cold rented homes

April 12, 2011 11:51 AM

Tom Brake has backed an Early Day Motion in Parliament supporting a campaign to insulate the country's coldest rented homes.

The MP for Carshalton and Wallington joined a number of organisations, including Friends of the Earth and Age UK, in calling for a minimum standard that, from 2016, would prevent landlords from letting the most poorly insulated homes until they meet a basic level of energy efficiency.

Tom said: "I've backed the motion to ensure that dangerously cold rented homes are brought up to a minimum standard of energy efficiency. It's unacceptable that anyone has to live in a rented home so cold and expensive to heat that it forces them into fuel poverty or makes them ill."

It is estimated that tenants in the coldest homes could save almost £500 a year on energy bills if their landlords brought their houses up to a basic level of heating and insulation, while the £145 million cost to the NHS of caring for people made ill by living in these homes could also be avoided.

Jenny Holland, Head of Campaigns at the Association for the Conservation of Energy, said: "Improving the worst rented properties is too important to be left to chance. Urgent action is needed to make these homes a thing of the past."

Tom added: "Without this, poorly insulated and inefficiently heated private rented homes will continue to cost us dearly in terms of high energy bills, carbon emissions and poor health."

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