Private Tenant Landlords

Ecosilver Bead for Private Tenant Landlords

Private landlords have a legal obligation to meet energy efficient standards for their properties. 

If you happen to be a landlord, you need to ensure that you adhere to the law in every possible way. As you already know, there is a massive emphasis on eco friendly techniques these days. The government are making changes to the ways in which you can ensure your home is energy efficient.

Cavity Wall Insulation is an obvious method of improving energy efficiency. 

You should also use other measures, such as loft insulation and underfloor insulation, to make the property eco friendly. When all these energy efficiency measures are in place, the landlord's EPC rating improves. This small change will make the property attractive to rent or, in the future, sell.

From April 2016, private landlords can't refuse a tenant's request for energy efficiency improvements. 

They will need to give reasonable notice to residents to let them know when they will deal with these issues. If you are a landlord, it is crucial that you take note of your responsibilities. If energy efficiency measures are recommended and subsidies are available to pay for improvements; you should make them. That is a legal obligation, and no landlord can refuse to make changes when they have the funding available.

Both private domestic and non domestic landlords will need to improve their properties. 

All buildings must have at least an E EPC rating by 2016. You will also need to ensure that you solve all these issues before taking on new tenants. Eco funding or subsidies are available to a great many people, so it's worth checking. You may find that you are eligible for these means of funding. If you can get the funding, it is crucial that you make the proper changes to your home. You will need to adhere to the proper standards by 2020 if you have a domestic building. If you own a commercial property, you will have a little longer than those who own residential ones. You will need to improve your building by April 2023 at the latest.

When you choose to invest in your properties, it will benefit you in more ways than you know. 

If your buildings are energy efficient, they will be easier to let out than they otherwise would. You should be aware that many tenants now look for the efficiency rating of the homes they rent. That means that they will shy away from properties that don't adhere to these rules. Aside from that, when a property has a high rating, it means that it is warmer and more comfortable than it is now. Since no heat escapes from the home, there is no way that it can become cold in the winter.

You might think that this venture will be expensive on your part. Well, nothing could be further from the truth. 

Thanks to NIA lobbying, the Government say there should be no upfront costs. That means that there is funding in place for cavity wall insulation. The regulations provide safeguards to ensure this is the case. 

Landlords and tenants can find out if they are already eligible for Government support schemes, such as the ECO or HEEPS funding. You can contact Ecosilver on 0141 952 9004 or Home Energy Scotland on 0808 808 2282.     

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