Landlords 'will be encouraged' to green-up

It's likely that more landlords will be called upon to make energy efficiency improvements to their properties as part of the government's Green Deal, one group has said.

As a result, landlords need to consider how green their leasehold is, noted the Association of Residential Letting Agents (Arla).

It explained that the government is hoping to improve all homes with an Energy Performance Certificate rating of F or G to undergo improvements, which could prove a challenge in some cases.

Ian Potter, operations manager of Arla, commented: "It makes sense therefore for landlords to carry out these improvements straight away, as considerable cost savings can be made."

Among the group's recommended renovations are cavity wall and floor insulation, installing a thermostat and draught prevention measures.

Landlords can encourage their tenants to save energy and reduce costs with Lawpack's Energy Efficient Tenancy Agreement.

This specially drafted ‘green’ tenancy agreement includes clauses by which both the landlord and tenant agree to take measures to improve energy efficiency in the property, in order to save money and protect the environment.

Joe McLoughlin, director of, recently suggested that more people are seeking to improve their properties in the current climate rather than moving to another location.

Published on: February 8, 2011

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