Energy blog


Warmer homes and cheaper bills for rental properties

From April 2018, all rental properties must have an energy rating of Band “E” or higher, otherwise they will be deemed unlawful to let.

This new initiative will see more than one million tenants who are renting from private landlords, benefit from warmer homes that cost less to heat.

On average, tenants will pay up to £880 more every year for energy if they live in a property that has a rating below Band “E”. When the new rules take effect it will be illegal to attempt to rent out inefficient properties, and landlords could be fined or even prosecuted if their home does not meet the required “green” standards.

Financial support will be available through the Green Deal and Energy Company Obligation, so landlords can rest assured they won’t be left with large bills for installing new boilers and insulation measures.

What’s more, tenants can make requests for work to be done to improve their rental property’s energy efficiency from April 2016, and it will be illegal for landlords to unreasonably refuse these requests. These improvements come in anticipation of the government’s Fuel Poverty Strategy, soon to be announced.

For details on how these changes affect you, whether you’re a landlord or a tenant, call Beth on 01638 661 375.