EXPERT: Government’s heat pump plans will be a ‘car crash’

Popular YouTuber and building expert Roger Bisby has warned landlords and homeowners that plans to ditch gas ©1999 - Present | Parkmatic Publications Ltd. All rights reserved | LandlordZONE® - EXPERT: Government’s heat pump plans will be a ‘car crash’ | LandlordZONE.

EXPERT: Government’s heat pump plans will be a ‘car crash’

Popular YouTuber and building expert Roger Bisby has warned landlords and homeowners that plans to ditch gas boilers for heat pumps are a “car crash coming in slow motion”.

The government hopes to fit 5.5 million heat pumps in UK homes by 2030 with the aim of , while landlords tasked with raising the energy efficiency rating of all their properties to at least band C by 2028 are being encouraged to consider green alternatives.

However, Bisby tells the 200,000 people on the Skill Builder channel who watched his video so far that after getting a £4,000 government grant for a heat pump, you’d have to spend £16,000 to make it work.

He also reckons that running a heat pump is roughly three times more expensive than running a gas boiler. “After a couple of years of having one, people see their house isn’t warm – you’re paying three times as much for your fuel bills,” he says.

Lovely houses

“They might work in lovely houses that are beautifully insulated and draft-proof but they don’t work well enough in our housing stock.”

Bisby explains that a heat pump is like a fridge in reverse: a big box is hung on the wall with a fan inside that sucks in hot air which it sends into the house in a couple of pipes.

A buffer tank is used to distribute heat into the house and produce hot water. “I’ve put them on a patio and people say their neighbours complain about the noise of the fan,” he says.

Nottingham landlord Tricia Urquhart tells LandlordZONE that heat pumps are not a financially viable solution for most people. She says: “On an electricity-only estate where I own a BTL, houses have storage heaters, electric radiators and one has a heat pump – yet every EPC (bar one with storage heaters due to expire shortly) is a D or E, so even if you fit the government’s preferred electric heat source, the property would still be un-lettable under the EPC C proposals about to be put before Parliament.”

Watch Bisby’s video

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EXCLUSIVE: Council buries high cost of unpopular PRS licensing schemes

Charnwood Council in Leicestershire has given two licensing schemes the go-ahead despite opposition from local landlords about ©1999 - Present | Parkmatic Publications Ltd. All rights reserved | LandlordZONE® - EXCLUSIVE: Council buries high cost of unpopular PRS licensing schemes | LandlordZONE.

EXCLUSIVE: Council buries high cost of unpopular PRS licensing schemes

Charnwood Council in Leicestershire has given two licensing schemes the go-ahead despite opposition from local landlords about its effectiveness and fees.

The council hasn’t made it easy for landlords wondering how much it’s going to cost, as details about the £700 fee for each scheme weren’t provided in the recent announcement and had to be searched out in previous proposal documents.

This is not a surprise – £700 is at the upper end of licensing scheme costs in the UK. For example, similar licensing schemes recently launched in .

Charnwood council, which covers the student town of Loughborough, will introduce both schemes in January 2022: an additional HMO licensing scheme for those properties occupied by three or four unrelated tenants and buildings converted into self-contained flats which are occupied by tenants, as well as a selective licensing scheme which focuses on privately-rented accommodation in the Hastings and Lemyngton wards.

East Midlands landlords in believe it will only increase rents, as landlords faced with additional costs to comply with licensing will probably pass these on in rent, meaning that those on low incomes won’t be able to afford to stay in the properties and could lose their homes.

However, councillor Paul Mercer (picture) lead member for private housing, says the schemes will help improve the standards of properties for tenants and the impact HMOs have on the local area.

He adds: “I am pleased the conditions for these licensing schemes have been approved and we can now move forward with implementing the schemes from January 2022.

“There are many good landlords in the borough who care about their tenants and understand their broader responsibilities, but we have some properties which are poorly managed or have a negative effect on the community.”

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