On the 10 May the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, Chris Huhne, announced plans to encourage landlords to increase the energy efficiency of properties they let out. At the second reading of the Energy Bill in the House of Commons, he announced proposals to limit the power of a landlord to refuse consent to a tenant who wants to make alterations to the tenanted property that will make it more energy efficient. This will come into effect in April 2016 so that landlords will only be able to refuse consent where it is reasonable to do so. In addition, from April 2018 it will be unlawful to let out a dwelling or business premises whose energy rating is less than "E". Under the current law whenever a building is leased out or sold, the landlord or seller must give the tenant or buyer an energy performance certificate. Each certificate contains a rating showing the energy efficiency of the property. The ratings run from A to G with A being the most energy efficient.

The Green Deal announced in the Budget is relevant to these developments as it provides finance to landlords who want to improve the energy efficiency of their properties.

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