First weatherization was a good idea promoted by government. Soon, it may be more than just a good idea - it will the law for Burlington landlords.
"The Burlington Council recently approved recommendations to improve energy efficiency in rental housing. The city hopes increasing energy efficiency will improve the quality and comfort of rental units. They're also hoping it will hold landlords accountable in making sure their units are weatherized.
The changes to the housing code are designed to prompt landlords to weatherize and by either implementing a financial cap landlords have to pay each year, or enforcing a standard of how well weatherization has to be done. "The idea is that step one -- we tighten up and button up these rental units so that we're not wasting money and wasting fossil fuels," said Burlington City Councilor Jack Hanson, P-East District.
The recommendation includes amending the city's current Time of Sale Ordinance to require all rental units be weatherized when sold and inspected every one to five years. This would be part of the minimum housing code that is enforced by the Department of Permitting & Inspections."
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