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Tenants New Rights on Home Efficiency

From April 2016, landlords cannot say ‘no’ to a tenant wishing works to be done on their property to improve their energy efficiency, unless they have valid reason to refuse the request, this could be:

1.If the works being requested would not change the rating of the property.
2.There would be a cost to the landlord.

The Government was funding ‘The Green Deal’ when it decided to introduce this legislation a couple of years ago to take effect from April 2016, however, they ceased this funding in July 2015. So now, if a private tenant wanted to go ahead and have the works done, it would come out of their own pocket rather than the government approved fund.

Energy efficiency is rated between A and G. To achieve a grading, the following is taken into consideration; cavity wall insulation, loft insulation, boiler, double glazing and light bulbs. These grading’s do make a difference to a tenant or purchaser considering a property to rent or buy – especially if they are undecided on a couple of properties, as the better the efficiency, the better the household utility bills are and will ultimately influence their decision.

From 2018, F and G energy rated properties will be banned from being rented on any new tenancies. A landlord could find themselves not only breaking the law, but fined £4000. In some of the recent rulings of other legislations, landlords have been known to have to pay back rents received during the time a property was illegally rented, therefore this could also come into play.

From 2020, all privately rented homes on new or existing tenancies granted with an F or G rating will be banned.

Most properties do fall under the E or below rating, however, the government is very keen to make rental properties not only energy efficient but to also outlaw rogue landlords and letting agents who are renting out uninhabitable homes.

Sharon

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