New law means landlords must improve property efficiency by 2018

There will be new legislation coming out in 2018 that will make it an offence to let out properties which have been given the lowest energy efficiency ratings, F & G.

Tenants will be able to demand improvements to installation from 2016 when landlords will not be able to refuse tenants' reasonable requests for energy efficiency measures eg , heating, insulation, draught proofing , double glazing, solar panels or other renewable energy technology . The government has made it clear that there will be consequences for those who do not improve the energy efficiency of their rented properties by a specific time.

The National Landlord Association has launched a scheme to help landlords carry out energy efficient improvements to their properties. It is based on the governments Green Deal, under which energy efficiency, measures are paid for by a loan repaid via a supplement on the properties electricity bill. The Green Deal loan is attached to the property rather than the individual. The idea is that the loan repayments are cancelled by a reduction in energy bills so there is no cost to either tenant or landlord.