Comments by Michael Gove on Times Radio suggest that the government has withdrawn its commitment to phase out all gas boilers in rental properties by 2035.

The government’s Heat and Buildings Strategy includes a policy to phase out new natural gas boilers after 2035. However, an independent review earlier this year pressed for the date to be brought forward to 2033.

Gove stated “There are proposals to decarbonise our existing housing stock, which I think are the right direction to go.”

“But the costs which some of those changes may impose on homeowners, and indeed landlords, I think that at this point in time we do need to be careful about.”

Gove’s comments follow an earlier U-turn when he announced relaxing the minimum energy efficiency ratings for properties in the private rented sector. Currently, the government’s policy requires rented properties to have an EPC rating of C by 2025 for new tenancies and 2028 for existing tenancies although limited exemptions are available.

Gove added during his interview “There is particular pressure that’s been placed on the private rented sector – they have to move faster than others in order to meet energy efficiency standards – I think we’re asking a little too much of them and therefore we will give a greater degree of breathing space.”