by Rachel Crook
An expert has called for the energy saving allowance for landlords to include replacing broken boilers.
Property professional David Lawrenson told aboutproperty.co.uk that the current tax regime in the UK is "confusing" and offers little encouragement to landlords to replace old boilers.
Furthermore, he claims that the regime actually encourages property owners to keep an old, inefficient boiler going for longer.
"The current confusion means that when a landlord is faced with the cost of replacing an old boiler, he is more likely to try to keep it going than to replace it, especially as repair costs can also be claimed as a valid running cost," he adds.
Meanwhile, the National Landlords Association says that its landlord advice line takes an average of 2,500 calls per month from landlords asking a variety of questions about rent arrears, Energy Performance Certificates and tenancy agreements, which may highlight the need for better landlord advice.
Published on: February 23, 2009