Landlords warned not to ignore the Green Deal
The National Landlords Association (NLA) is reminding all private residential landlords to familiarise themselves with the Green Deal and begin making energy efficiency improvements to all relevant properties, as the Government formally launches the scheme today (Monday 28th January.)
The Green Deal is the Government’s vehicle to make the UK’s housing stock more energy efficient. The NLA is warning that after 2016, landlords will be unable to refuse a tenant’s reasonable request for Green Deal improvements. Furthermore, under the new legislation, landlords will be forbidden to let any properties found to have a poor Energy Performance Rating (F or G rated) after 2018.
David Salusbury, Chairman of the NLA, commented:
“The Green Deal is a prime opportunity for private landlords to prove they are able to self-regulate and improve the energy efficiency of their properties. With over 4.5 million households currently renting private-residential property*, this will make a real difference to those who make their home in the sector, as well as helping landlords to future-proof their properties.
“It is imperative that landlords assess whether their properties are eligible for a Green Deal grant. The Government has made it clear that there will be consequences for those who do not voluntarily improve the energy efficiency of their properties by a specific time, so there is no excuse not to comply with the cost-neutral scheme.
“To assist landlords, we will be launching NLA Green Deal in February, an all-in-one product that provides everything from initial assessment of a property, to finding a provider and installing the improvements.
“Works can be completed during convenient periods and often at little disruption to the tenant. It’s a win-win situation and the NLA actively encourages all landlords to register their interest by visiting the NLA website.”
To find out more about the NLA’ s Green Deal campaign, including information on the various grants available and key timelines for landlords to remember, visit http://www.landlords.org.uk/
*The English Housing Survey (Households 2010-11, Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG), July 2012) tells us that 17% of households are in the PRS. With ONS figures for 2012 showing 26.4m households in the UK: 17% of 26.4m = 4.488m (rounded up, 4.5m).
For further information, please contact:
PR Executive, NLA
0207 820 7903
ABOUT THE NLA:
The National Landlords Association (NLA) is the UK’s leading organisation for private-residential landlords. It has over 20,000 paid-up members, ranging from full-time landlords with large property portfolios to those with just a single letting. NLA membership helps landlords make a success of their lettings business by providing a wide range of information, advice and services. The NLA campaigns for the legitimate interests of landlords by seeking to influence decision-makers at all levels of government and by making landlords’ collective voice heard in the media. It seeks to raise standards in the private-rented sector while aiming to ensure that landlords are aware of their statutory rights and responsibilities. Based at its head office in Central London, the NLA currently employs over 40 full-time staff and has a network of more than 40 regional representatives and branches throughout the UK.
ABOUT THE GREEN DEAL:
The Green Deal is the Government’s flagship initiative to improve the energy efficiency of properties. Landlords can make energy saving improvements to their properties without having to pay all the costs up front through the Green Deal. The cost of the measures are attached to the electricity bill and repaid by the tenant. Importantly, the new bill must be lower than if the works had not been carried out at all. For more information, visit http://www.landlords.org.uk/