Saturday, 22 October 2016

Survey reveals nine of the 17 biggest landlords in Britain have no firm plans

Landlords in fix over green deal

The majority of large social landlords are not planning to allow tenants to make their own arrangements under the government’s flagship energy efficiency scheme.

Citing fears about quality of works, damage to buildings and lenders’ concerns, landlords said they do not want tenants to agree their own deals when the green deal goes live in October.

An Inside Housing snap survey revealed that despite most landlords having no green deal plans in place, just two of the 17 largest landlords in Great Britain would grant consent for tenants to take up green deal offers. Nine landlords ruled out allowing tenants to commission the work while five said they had not decided.

Under the green deal, due to launch on 1 October, households will be able to receive loans to carry out energy-efficiency works on their homes. The cost of the measures – usually insulation – will then be recouped through resulting savings in energy bills.

Accredited green deal providers, mainly for-profit companies, will be approaching tenants to offer them green deal packages. If tenants do not get consent from their landlords they may not benefit from reduced fuel bills from October.

The survey also reveals just two of the 17 landlords, Gentoo and London & Quadrant, plan to become green deal providers, while three plan to partner with other providers. Nine of the 17 landlords have no firm policy with little more than a month to go before the scheme starts

Simon Dow, chief executive of 60,000-home Guinness Partnership, said allowing tenants to commission their own works could lead to ‘difficult conversations’ with lenders, who might be concerned about alterations to properties used as loan security.

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