Private landlords have been encouraged to invest in green property improvements which could improve their Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) rating.

Carl Mimmack from letting agency Accord encouraged private landlords to consider improvements such as draught proofing because they can be covered under the government's Landlord's Energy Saving Allowance.

This provides tax breaks on certain green property improvements which private landlords might consider putting to use amid increasing competition in the private-rented sector in the current economic climate.

Indeed, a good EPC rating might give private landlords a marketing edge over their rivals and enable them to achieve higher rental yields.

On energy-efficient property improvements, Mr Mimmack continued: "Cavity walls can easily be insulated for a few hundred pounds, and with the money you can save over a few months, this can be very worthwhile project."

His comments come as the Save Energy, Save Money conference is being held in City Hall, London today and will provide private landlords with advice on the marketing benefits of a green portfolio.ADNFCR-2002-ID-19065910-ADNFCR

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