Landlords, are you aware that from 1st April 2016, assured shorthold tenants (and some other residential tenants) in England and Wales have the right to request their landlord’s consent to make improvements to improve the energy efficiency of rented property?
As set out in the Energy Efficiency (Private Rented Property) (England and Wales) Regulations 2015, landlords must not unreasonably refuse consent to improvements where the tenant’s request complies with the regulations.
Relevant energy efficiency improvements include those that either:
- Qualify for Green Deal funding (such as heating, insulation, showers, windows and doors) and / or
- Measures to connect the property to mains gas.
They may be financed through a Green Deal Finance Plan, provided free of charge by an energy company, financed by a grant from local or central government, funded through another source by the tenant, or through a combination of all of these methods. They must not be financed at a cost to the landlord.
A written request is required to be submitted by the tenant to the landlord. As a landlord you can accept the proposals or serve a counter proposal. And here’s an idea for that which could save you money and hassle in the long run…
Electric Heating Could be the Answer
So, landlords – have you considered electric central heating for your property? It’s an energy efficient alternative to traditional gas central heating. Electric radiators have an excellent heat output and the combi boilers are highly energy efficient up to 99 per cent. Not to mention they can be sited anywhere as they don’t have a flue and you won’t have to have annual safety inspections carried out either.
To find out more about energy efficient electric central heating, and for a no obligation quotation, get in touch.