In October 2015 there were changes made to The Housing Act 2004 which requires Landlords to show prospective tenants a valid Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) before a tenancy agreement is entered
Free energy advice service for Londoners
The Seasonal Health Intervention Network (SHINE) is a fuel poverty referral network and free energy advice service for Londoners.
SHINE has a dedicated helpline and provides households with the help they need to; reduce utility bills, tackle energy debt and stay well and warm.
SHINE accepts referrals for households of any tenure, with an income below £16,190 or where a household member:
- has a disability
- has a long-term health condition worsened by the cold
- is a child under 15
- is an adult over 60
Energy efficiency advice for landlords
Landlords MUST have an EPC before they advertise the property, aside from some exemptions. If they don't, they are liable to a £200 fine.
All properties which are being advertised for sale or rent since 9 January 2013 must display the Energy Indicator, regardless of the length of time the property has been listed.
Energy Performance Certificate (EPC)
Your property's EPC needs to be available to potential buyers as soon as you start to market your property for sale or rent. You must get an approved Domestic Energy Assessor to produce the EPC.
Check for approved Domestic Energy Assessors
To see more advice on these topics, visit GOV.UK:
National Energy Saving Advice Line
The National Energy Saving Advice Line is a government service that provides free impartial advice on the Green Deal, ECO and energy efficiency. Their contact number is 0300 123 1234. The National Energy Saving Advice Line is run by the Energy Saving Trust
Grants to help with energy efficiency
Grants of up to £5,000 are available to help with energy efficiency measures if your property is EPC D graded, and your tenants have a household income below £20,000 after housing costs.
For more information, contractors can be contacted at email@example.com
The Green Homes Grant Local Authority Delivery Scheme (GHG:LAD)
The GHG:LAD scheme gives homeowners a £10,000 grant, landlords and housing associations £5,000 to pay for energy efficient improvements such as:
- low carbon heating systems
- smart heating controls
Planning permission, listed building consent or other planning approvals may be required for works undertaken as energy efficiency measures and must be obtained prior to the undertaking of any works.
For works concerning single residential dwellings guidance is available from our Duty Planner Service on 020 8359 3000.