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Alan calls for better housing standards in the private rented sector

Many tenants are being trapped in fuel poverty due to poor housing standards in the private rented sector. 

That’s the warning from Alan Whitehead MP who has co-sponsored an Early Day Motion (EDM) to highlight the issue.


The private rented sector is a rapidly growing part of the housing market, accounting for 17.5 per cent of English households. There are currently five times more homes with the lowest energy ratings in the private sector than in the social housing sector. It is estimated that the associated health effects of fuel poverty due to the poor conditions in privately rented properties are costing the NHS £145 million annually.


The Energy Act 2011 placed a duty on the Government to introduce a minimum energy efficiency standard for the private rented sector but as of yet the government has taken no steps to put this policy in place.



Alan Whitehead MP said:


“The government has said it is committed to implementing legislation to tackle this problem but we all we have seen so far are lengthy delays and a great deal of talk. I also recently challenged the Prime Minister to explain why the Government had not included measures to tackle sky-high rents and insecure tenancies in the Queen’s Speech but was again met with bluster rather than action.


I urge the government to do what it has promised to do and act now to force landlords to provide good quality housing for their tenants.”





Notes for editors


  • For more information please call Rebecca Williams on 020 7219 5517
  • The text of the EDM is available at
  • All fuel poverty stats are taken from DECC’s Annual Fuel Poverty Report 
  • New research for WWF-UK and the UK Green Building Council shows that the average cost of bringing a property up to Band E is £1,421 and that 72 per cent of pro

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