New homeowners may be forced to install £800 charging station under 2022 rule change

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Every new home built from this year will be required to have an electric car charging station installed in a bid to boost demand for the new vehicles. The new rules will apply to both home and non-residential buildings built from scratch from the New Year.

Any houses which are undergoing “major restoration” must also have the chargers installed as part of the work.

Renovations of buildings with at least 10 parking spaces must also ensure they have some charging stations available.

Homeowners will need to factor the extra cost into the equation with basic rapid chargers costing around £800.

However, the Government is offering some financial support to those who need it.

The new rules are expected to see an extra 145,000 charging stations in operation.

Speaking to the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) back in November, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the changes would help trigger “private sector investment”.

He said: “We will require new homes and buildings to have EV charging points – with another 145,000 charging points to be installed thanks to these regulations.

“We are investing in new projects to turn wind power into hydrogen and our net-zero strategy is expected to trigger about £90 billion of private sector investment.

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“Driving the creation of high wage high skilled jobs as part of our mission to unite and level up across the country.”

Experts at Mashroom have warned landlords could stand to benefit most from the changes.

They suggest homes with charging bays could become a more “desirable commodity” in the extra few years.

This is because potential tenants could “say no“ to homes because they cannot charge their own cars at the property.

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