Date: 22/10/2008 Category: Housing and Homelessness
Landlords can get a free energy report on their rental properties thanks to Medway Council and the Kent Energy Centre. The ‘do-it-yourself’ questionnaire allows landlords to discover what their energy rating is likely to be before they have to spend money on an official Energy Performance Certificate (EPC). An EPC is now legally required to show prospective tenants. The cost of living is soaring and landlords are desperate for ways to make renting a house more appealing. The free report will be given alongside recommendations to make a property cheaper to run. Mike Bundy of the Kent Energy centre said: “There are some surprisingly easy measures a landlord can take to increase their energy ratings and these include installing low energy light bulbs and draught proofing doors and windows. “More involved measures, such as loft and cavity-wall insulation, new boilers and heating controls, can have an even greater impact on energy performance. In combination these improvements make a property cheaper to run and hence more attractive to potential tenants.” This scheme is just one of the energy saving programmes being introduced by Medway Council. For more information please telephone the Kent Energy Centre on 0800 358 6664. Landlords can also apply for the Landlords Energy Saving Allowance. The scheme provides tax relief up to a maximum of £1,500 per property and can be used for draught proofing, loft, floor, cavity wall and solid wall insulation and insulation for hot water systems. More details on this particular scheme can be obtained from HM Revenue and Customs.