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Strange one this.

'Tens of thousands of buy-to-let landlords face a huge rise in insurance premiums due to government plans to exclude rented homes from its long-awaited flood insurance subsidy fund, the property industry has warned.'

http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/0d982dc4-82b5-11e3-8119-00144feab7de.html#axzz2r6mwQM7S

Is Ashford near a river?

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There is also a cracker coming in 2018 (I can't wait for this one)

The Green Deal and Minimum Energy Standards

The Energy Act 2011 contains provisions that will establish the Green Deal, an innovative funding system for energy efficiency improvements to residential and commercial properties. The Green Deal is expected to be introduced in Autumn 2012, once the detailed regulations have been made.

The Energy Act 2011 also contains a provision that, when implemented, promises to prevent landlords from letting premises that fall below a specified EPC grade (expected to be E) unless the landlord has carried out the maximum package of measures that can be funded under the Green Deal. This will apply to both commercial and residential property. This provision has to be put in place before April 2018, but will first require secondary legislation to be made.

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Presumably that includes social landlords too?

Yes it does ,i think this was part of the reason for the extra discount given to buy social housing ,i'm also seeing quite a few older housing association places coming on the market some look quite cheap compared to the private sales in the same street

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There is also a cracker coming in 2018 (I can't wait for this one)

The Green Deal and Minimum Energy Standards

Below E - ie F or worse?

How many places are like that now - F is pretty bad, I'd imagine. Solid walled victorian draughty places seem to be in D?

First 2 I looked at (one very big, one biggish 3 bed) - D, D nearly E.

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