As of 1st April 2016, new legislation has been introduced regarding energy efficiency modifications and what rights a tenant has. Tenants can now request for the landlord's consent to make reasonable modifications to the property which will improve the energy efficiency rating. The landlord is not, however, obligated to pay for these modifications and the tenant must inform the landlord or agent how they propose to fund it.
Changes to the property include things such as installing insulation and improving heating controls and whilst the burden of the cost does not fall to the landlord, the landlord cannot reasonably refuse these modifications. Consent must be given in writing within 1 month to the tenant, authorising the work.
Here are some of the planned changes in legislation set to arrive in the next few year:
From 1st April 2018
A property must have a rating of at least ‘F’ and ‘G’ to be rented out to new tenants.
From 1st April 2020
A property must have a rating of at least ‘F’ and ‘G’ for all active tenancies at the time.
From 1st April 2023
All non-domestic private rented properties must have a rating of at least ‘F’ and ‘G’.
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