If you are the tenant of a property, and you wish to undertake works to improve the energy efficiency of the property that you rent, the Private Sector Tenants Energy Efficiency Provisions mean that from 01 April 2016, you can liaise with your landlord to carry out these works yourself, subject to the guidance and conditions provided within these provisions, provided that you are covering the funding of these works yourself, and that your landlord cannot unreasonably withhold consent for you to do this. Full information on these provisions can be found by clicking here (PDF, 572.58KB, 46 pages).
For information on how you can reduce the energy that your home is using, please visit the Energy Saving Trust website by clicking here.
The Energy Saving Trust is contracted by the Department of Energy and Climate Change to run a telephone advice service offering impartial energy saving advice to homes and business in England and Wales.
The Energy Saving Trust can be contacted on 0300 123 1234 (please note that calls are charged at the standard national rate), or alternatively send an email by clicking here.
You can also find local advice and assistance through the Footprint Trust Ltd (an island based charity), visit their website by clicking here, or:
The Footprint Trust, The Riverside Centre, The Quay, Newport, Isle of Wight PO30 2QR (01983) 822282.
The Council has linked with the Hampshire Credit Union to help people access banking services for energy efficiency improvements. Visit their site by clicking here.
Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES)
Guidance for landlords and tenants in regard to energy efficiency requirements
The Energy Efficiency (Private Rented Property)(England and Wales) Regulations 2015 establish a minimum level of energy efficiency for privately rented property in England and Wales. This means that, from April 2018, landlords of privately rented domestic and non-domestic property in England or Wales must ensure that their properties reach at least an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) rating of 'E', before granting a new tenancy to new or existing tenants. For more details see here.