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Wood burners – changes to fuel

In the face of conveyancers being expected to advise on everything from electrical appliances to knotweed these days, practitioners may consider adding a line or two to their standard purchase report to remind Ss and Bs of the changes to fuel that can be put into wood burning stoves.
 
Wood burners are very popular and conveyancers are used to asking for hetas and other installation and servicing certification in their additional enquiries. Property owners should be reminded that the supply of the two most polluting fuels, wet wood and house coal, will be phased out over two years from February 2021. The phased approach is to provide time for owners of wood burners to find clean (but probably more expensive) alternatives such as dry wood and manufactured solid fuels. The ban only applies in England – but it has been noted that, in practice, it might be difficult to enforce.
 
Conveyancers should consider the local search result to establish if a property is in a smoke-controlled area and advise accordingly. In these areas, only Defra approved, smoke exempt wood burners can be installed. The government may also introduce a ban on wood burners that do not comply with their clean air strategy – so this issue is here to stay.
 

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