Renters want landlords to help with their energy bills



Two thirds (65%) of tenants are worried about paying their household bills in the months ahead due to rising energy prices.

Almost half (46%) want landlords to do more to help mitigate this issue by making their home more energy efficient.

Specifically they want landlords to ensure their homes are better insulated (73%), with many saying they’d like drafts to be filled in (54%), boilers upgraded (45%) and double glazing installed (44%).

The research was commissioned by Smart Energy GB.

Peter Smith, director of policy and advocacy National Energy Action, said: “Landlords have a big role to play in helping to make the impact of higher prices more affordable and therefore increasing the chances their tenants can make the rent.

“Energy efficiency interventions can help make significant cost savings but even a smaller step like having a smart meter would help tenants manage their energy costs.

“Smart meters can also reduce the need for landlords to support tenants through the moving-in process and reduce disputes with things like final meter readings at the end of a lease, leading to lower costs relating to disputes.

“Additionally, during void periods, landlords would have an increased ability to keep the meter topped up to avoid build-up of damp in the property which could require increased maintenance.

“Whilst its right to keep your landlord informed of any changes to their properties, It is important tenants know they can access these benefits without having to have the consent of their landlord and landlords know what’s in it for them.”

Supply and demand on the global wholesale market is pushing up energy prices, as the energy price cap is due to rise by 40% in April according to Moneysavingexpert’s Martin Lewis.

Although three fifths (60%) of tenants say being in a rented property restricts their ability to manage their energy use and costs, they are making their own environmentally friendly changes and adapting their behaviours around the home.

Turning off lights topped the list (59%), with 56% turning off appliances when they were not using them. They are also less likely to turn the heating on, with 44% renters saying their heating remains switched off, even when it’s cold.

Comments 5

  1. The biggest mistake and Most backward step the Govt took was removing Tax allowances for energy efficiency.
    Tenants need to know where the blame lies. – and so should their so-called representative group, instead of the usual routine of vilifying landlords.

  2. Sorry, but tenants can get lost on this one! Homes for rent by law already have to meet a minimum energy performance standard. This standard might be hard to achieve if the desirable “improvements” listed were not already in place. Once the home meets the legal rating I consider that the landlords’ job is done.
    National Energy Action seem to be just a bunch of Landlord bashers like Shelter and Generation rent who like spending other peoples’ money. They only offer advice not cash. They claim to carry out projects “installing traditional and innovative heating and insulation measures in low-income households” but none are listed under their projects section on their website. Perhaps tenants can contact them directly to receive financial help with their heating bills? Thought not. Just the same as Shelter won’t give you the money to pay your rent.

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