A new survey conducted for an online lettings agency shows four fifths of tenants wanting double glazing as a ‘must’ in their property - less than three months before a change in the law will allow some renters to request energy-related improvements to their properties.
From April this year tenants living in private rental sector property with F and G rated homes, as measured by Energy Performance Certificates will be able to request improvements, such as more insulation. The landlord will then be legally bound to bring the property up to an E rating.
Then from April 1 2018 agents and landlords with properties rated F and G will be unable to let them out legally.
The survey, for PropertyLetByUs, shows over 80 per cent of 500 tenants contacted this month, cite double glazing as the top priority for their next rental home in 2016. A fifth opf tenants believe central heating should be installed, too.
The agency says the results come on top of EU figures revealing that UK homes are some of the most expensive to heat in Europe, mainly down to poor maintenance and insulation. It claims over 10m British families live in a home with a leaking roof, damp walls or rotting windows; meanwhile damp, condensation and mould is a big problem in many rental properties as a result of older, single glazed homes.
“It is estimated that around one million tenants are paying as much as £1,000 a year more for heating than the average annual bill of £1,265. These excessive costs are mainly down to poorly insulated homes” says a PropertyLetByUs spokeswoman.