LETTING & ESTATE AGENT

Renters given right to request energy improvements

Renters given right to request energy improvements

The rules for energy-saving improvements changed last Friday, meaning that tenants now have the right to request that their landlord makes energy-saving improvements to the home that they rent.

As of the 1st April 2016 landlords cannot refuse their consent without good reason, although it is down to the tenant to ensure they have the means to fund the improvements themselves unless otherwise agreed.

Environmentally friendly as well as cost cutting, this new measure also has the potential to make your property more attractive to potential tenants; what with 35% of tenants considering energy efficiency an important factor when choosing their next home for rent.

Richard Lambert, chief executive officer at the NLA, said: “We encourage all landlords to think about how they may benefit from making energy efficiency improvements, as many can be made with little or no upfront cost, and can have a positive impact on the lives of tenants, their lettings businesses, and the environment in general.

“Lower fuel bills and more comfort mean that tenants may be inclined to stay for longer, thus reducing void periods.â€

Martin & Co Letting agents and Property Management Uckfield