New Energy Efficiency Regulations in force
Sat 09 Apr 2016
From 1st April new regulations allow private tenants to request their landlord's consent to carry out certain energy efficiency improvements, such as installing insulation and improved heating controls.
The new rules, introduced under the Energy Efficiency (Private Rented Sector) (England and Wales) Regulations 2015 are part of a series of measures aimed at improving energy efficiency in the private rental sector.
A tenant will be able to request energy efficiency improvememts by writing to the landlord, explaining the proposed measures and how they will be funded - whether directly by the tenant or through an energy efficiency scheme. The landlord is not required to pay.
The landlord cannot unreasonably refuse consent and must provide a response in writing within one month. There are certain situations where permission could be refused, such as if the proposed improvements would reduce the market value of the property by more than 5%.
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