Utility Bills Causes Concern for Renters
Eight out of ten renters worried about their utility bills, according to a new report by the Department of Communities and Local Government.
The average UK household will pay the equivalent of 20% of their rent on their utility bills. But many private renters feel as though their landlord doesn’t care about energy efficiency, which is leading the renter to forfeit the inflated bill.
The Government is set for change as this month sees the start of Energy Performance Certificates (EPC) required for all new tenancies after 1st October. The EPC means that landlords will have to provide their tenants with information about energy efficiency and carbon emissions, in a simple rating of A-G.
Communities minister Iain Wright commented that this new move should be “welcomed by tenants who are looking for better value and more energy efficient rental properties, as well as landlords who are, more than ever, keen to attract responsible and committed tenants.”