For the last 10 years, every private rental property must have an Energy-Performance-Certificate (EPC) rating.  The property is given an energy rating, very similar to those on washing machines and fridges with the rainbow coloured graph, of between A to G (A being the most efficient and G the worst). New legislation comes in to force next spring (2018)

I received a very interesting call the other day from a Hounslow resident. He declared he was a Hounslow homeowner, retired and mortgage free.

He stated how unaffordable Hounslow’s rising property prices were and that he worried how the younger generation of Hounslow could ever afford to buy? He went on to ask if it was right for landlords to make money on the inability of others to buy property and if, by buying a buy to let property, Hounslow landlords are denying the younger generation the ability to in fact buy their own home.

Rents in the private rental sector in Hounslow will increase sharply during the next five years. Even though the council house waiting list has decreased, the number of new council and housing association properties being built is at a 70 year low. The government crusade against buy-to-let landlords….