Energy inefficient property should not be permitted on the rental market, according to the Energy Saving Trust (EST).

Private landlords with homes rated in the F to G energy efficiency bracket must be prevented from letting out these properties, the group advises.

These are some of the rules that the EST is calling on the government to introduce in the coming years.

"Since last October, all homes that are on sale or up for renting must produce an Energy Performance Certificate which rates the homes energy efficiency from A-G ratings,"a spokesperson from the organisation said, before explaining her climate change concerns.

It will cost significant sums of money to bring some of the larger, older homes into the safer energy efficiency bracket, she added.

Kirklees council in Yorkshire is one local authority that has opted to act on calls to reduce the carbon emissions of its properties as it has insulated 21,000 homes in the region, which also created 120 jobs.

Written by Mark Garner

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