How are Landlords required to provide an energy efficient home to tenants?
From 1 April 2016 tenants of privately rented domestic properties will have the right to request consent from their landlords to make energy efficiency improvements to their home. A broad range of improvements are potentially allowed – e.g. insulation and boiler upgrades – but the crucial thing to note is that the tenant can only request consent for measures that can be installed at no upfront cost to the landlord, either through Green Deal finance or other subsidy, or can be wholly funded by the tenant himself. A landlord cannot unreasonably refuse such a request. However, he can reasonably refuse his consent in some circumstances. These may include:
The request is substantially the same as a proposal made by the landlord in the preceding six months, which the tenant declined
The landlord relies on a statutory exemption
The landlord has obtained a written opinion from an approved Green Deal Assessor that the requested improvements are not appropriate
Once the request has been received the landlord is able to offer alternative solutions. If the landlord and tenant are unable to come to an agreement regarding the energy efficiency then there is an appeal process.
From April 2018 all privately rented domestic properties will be required to be improved to an EPC Certificate rating of E or higher before the landlord can issue a new lease for the property (or renew an existing one). However landlords of properties with an existing lease in place have until April 2020 to ensure that they have an EPC of E or higher. The landlord will not have to offer all the relevant improvements if, for example:
He has made all the improvements that can be installed at no upfront cost to himself (using the Green Deal or ECO or a combination of both), but the EPC remains below an ‘E’
Improvements require Green Deal funding and he or his tenant fails the credit check
He cannot secure contractually or legally required third party consent
Tenant withholds consent
Experts state that measures will reduce the property value by 5% or more
Wall insulation will damage the property
If Landlords do not comply with ensuring that their properties have a minimum EPC Certificate of E they can be fined up to £5000.
Financial penalty not exceeding £2000 and publication of non-compliance
Providing misleading information
Financial penalty not exceeding £1000 and publication of non-compliance
Renting out a non-compliant property for less than 3 months
Financial penalty not exceeding £2000
Renting out a non-compliant property for more than 3 months
Financial penalty not exceeding £4000
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