NLA Urges Landlords Focus on Energy Bills

16th October, 2012

After two of the Big Six energy companies announced they would be hiking their prices this winter, the National Landlords Association (NLA) has urged property owners to help tenants in private rented accommodation by taking advantage of the Green Deal. British Gas announced its utility bills would be going up by six per cent as of next month, while npower followed suit and said its own prices would be hiked by up to nine per cent.

Many will undoubtedly find the news hard to take at a time when food prices and other costs are also going up, so the NLA has advised landlords to step in to make life a little easier for their residents. Under the Green Deal, property owners can take out a loan for energy efficiency improvements including cavity wall insulation and double-glazing. Chairman David Salusbury said he thinks landlords should help tenants with what is becoming a cause for concern. "We hope that the Green Deal will help tenants reduce their energy consumption, in turn easing the impact of any energy price rises."

Encouraging tenants to switch suppliers could also be beneficial, as uSwitch recently found only 38 per cent have done this since moving in to their current residence.

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