UK tenants can now request energy improvements to their rented property

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Tenants in the UK now have the right to request energy improvements to the homes that they rents and landlords need a good reason to refuse. From the beginning of April they can request consent from their landlords to make energy saving improvements for the properties they rent and landlords will not be able to refuse their consent without good reason. But tenants will need to ensure that they have a way of funding improvements at no cost to the landlord, unless otherwise agreed. This may prove difficult, as it was originally expected that the Green Deal, which was closed down in July last year, would provide much of the funding for this initiative. Making these improvements can be beneficial to both tenants and landlords, saving on costs and having a positive impact on the environment, according to the National Association of Landlords (NLA). It pointed out that a property that is energy efficient can also be an attractive prospect for potential tenants. Indeed, according to a recent NLA survey some 35% of tenants said they considered the energy efficiency of a property to be an important factor when choosing a place to live. ‘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,’ said Richard Lambert, NLA chief executive officer. ‘Lower fuel bills and more comfort mean that tenants may be inclined to stay for longer, thus reducing void periods,’ he added. He also pointed out that the NLA offers various ways for landlords to improve their property and has access to different Government funding incentives to provide financial support. Taylor Scott International

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