Energy efficiency advice issued for UK landlords

Landlord Expert
By Landlord Expert February 11, 2011 14:30

The Government's Green Deal will encourage landlords to take advantage of up front financing to make their properties more energy efficient, where tenants request improvements be made.

For those landlords who don’t comply however, the Government has stated that it may introduce regulations to force landlords to improve their properties by 2015.

The Government’s aim is for all properties with an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) rating of F or G to be improved beyond that grading, which may be a significant challenge for older properties.

So ARLA has issued a set of simple tips for landlords to make their properties more efficient, thus saving money and further financial outlays in the future.

These include installing cavity wall and floor insulation and although this can often be a disruptive process, ARLA points out that effective insulation will represent a significant step towards improving the energy efficiency of a property.

It also advises ensuring that there is effective loft insulation. ‘Although many properties now have loft insulation installed, check the depth and quality. The recommended thickness is between 250 to 300 mm for optimum energy efficiency,’ ARLA says.

ARLA recommends that lagging should be installed around water pipes and boilers to minimise heat loss. ‘As many will have experienced this winter, water pipes are also prone to freezing, so insulation should help to prevent this,’ it adds.

Then landlords should seek to block draughts in various parts of their properties, through draught proofing doors and windows, as well as reducing heat loss through floorboards and install a thermostat on boilers to ensure that when a room reaches its optimum temperature of around 19°C, the heating is automatically switched off, thus reducing heating bills.

Finally it says that effective communication between landlords and tenants can ensure that tenants are aware of the importance of energy efficiency, and take their own simple steps to reducing heating costs.

‘Landlords can already take advantage of a tax allowance of up to £1,500 for these energy efficiency improvements through the Landlord’s Energy Saving Allowance (LESA). It makes sense therefore for landlords to carry out these improvements straight away, as considerable cost savings can be made,’ said Ian Potter, operations manager of ARLA.





Landlord Expert
By Landlord Expert February 11, 2011 14:30


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