From 19 December 2017 to 13 March 2018 a consultation was run to amend the Energy Efficiency (Private Rented Property) (England and Wales) Regulations 2015 was run. It received 198 responses. The Government have now release the responses to the consultation and given in indication of their thinking of how they will make changes.
The consultation proposed a range of amounts of money a landlord would have to fund to get a property out of band F or G. The maximum figure they discussed was £5,000, though they were talking about £2,500. Following the consultation the amount they are suggesting seems to have been increased to £3,500 per property. There are currently around 280,000 properties in bands F or G. If each property spent £3,500 (and they won't all need this much spent on them) it would total just shy of a billion pounds of spending.
Where landlords can obtain funding from things like Green Deal, they will not have to contribute their own money unless the external funding is not enough to get out of band F or G. Then the landlord would only have to spend the amount of the shortfall.
84% of respondents agreed that some sort of funding by landlords should be introduced. This probably gives a good indication of the strength of feeling on the issue.
This information indicates that this policy is very likely to come into force and it is only a question of when. As it only needs regulations it will not take long but first the Government will produce their full response to the consultation (giving the details) and then the regulations have to be drafted and passed. The originally planned date for this was April 2019 and this may still be possible.