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Rented Properties can be so cold they are a health Hazard

A recent survey found that 655,800 rented properties in England are so cold they are officially a health hazard, with a bottom-of-the-scale energy efficiency rating of F or G.

The NHS spends £145 million a year on illnesses caused by cold housing, it was revealed by the the Chartered Institute for Environmental Health. It found that poor insulation, faulty boilers and expensive heating costs are increasingly causing respiratory illness, stroke and hypothermia. The data on privately rented homes was evaluated on behalf of the Friends of the Earth as part of a new campaign to change the law to protect tenants from poorly insulated cold housing. 655,800 homes rented from either a landlord or letting agency were so cold they were officially classified as serious health hazard. These usually had an energy efficiency rating of F or G.

Friends of the Earth and other charities are calling for the Government's new Energy Bill to make it an offence for landlords to re-let cold homes until they have been improved.

David Kidney, head of policy at the Chartered Institute for Environmental Health, said: "The £145 million that the coldest rented homes cost the NHS each year is just the tip of the iceberg.... Our research shows homes rented from a landlord or letting agency are more likely to be poorly insulated and cold - we need Government action to make sure all rented properties meet a decent standard of energy efficiency....The new Energy Bill should give local authorities powers to step in to ensure landlords improve the worst homes - and tenants who file environmental health complaints need legal protection from being evicted."

Is you home cold in winter, or at other times, is your boiler working properly? Are your heating bills expensive? Check out our help section for advice on getting things changed http://www.tenantstips.co.uk/Home/Tenancy-Help or look in the forum to see what other folk are doing http://www.tenantstips.co.uk/Forums



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