- They would force anyone wanting to re-mortgage for any reason or to apply for planning permission for anything – to fork out up to £10,000.
- Also, anyone buying a property who did not follow the plans for expensive renovations would be hit with a retrospective stamp duty punishment.
- They also want to give town hall inspectors powers to conduct “random spot checks” inside people’s homes. (how very liberal)
"A typical cost of refurbishment would range from £5,000 to £10,000, though
some properties with exceptional features, particularly among those built before
1914, could cost more." (p.10)
"one option would be to require homeowners to install a “WarmHome” pack within a year of buying the property or face a stamp duty increase on the transaction. These requirements would also apply where planning permission was sought for consequential improvements to a home or the homeowner re-mortgaged." (p.11)
"We will improve the notification and inspection processes: We will introduce random spot checks of new homes as they are constructed and as packages are installed in existing homes" (p.12)
Whatever the merits of improving energy efficiency, this is a massive intrusion into household privacy and the heavy-handed imposition of compulsory charges on households who may not be able to afford such measures.