The Green Deal for landlords

The Green Deal helps you or your tenants make energy-saving home improvements, like insulation, to make your rental property more comfortable.

The person responsible for paying the electricity will pay for some or all of the improvements over time through their electricity bill. Repayments will be no more than what a typical household should save in energy costs.

Improvements made under a Green Deal Plan come from recommendations made by a Green Deal Assessor. The bill payer won't be charged more than what a typical household is expected to save in energy costs. Of course, the actual savings will depend on how much energy is used at the property and the future prices of energy.

Important considerations

1. The current electricity bill payer always pays the Green Deal repayments If the property is left vacant, you will need to make the repayments until a new tenant moves in and starts paying the electricity bill.

2. Your tenant needs your permission before taking out a Green Deal. Your tenant needs your permission before taking out a Green Deal. If your tenant wishes to take out a Green Deal Plan, they will first need your agreement to both the improvements and the financial aspects of the plan, like the amount of the repayments and how long repayments need to be paid for.

3. You need tenants' permission before you take out a Green Deal Where the tenant is the electricity bill payer, they will need to make repayments for the Green Deal on their electricity bill. So you will need their express permission before taking out a Green Deal at the property.

4. All improvements are quality assured All improvements made under the Green Deal are completed by Green Deal Installers. This means the work is completed by professionals that meet Green Deal standards and are authorised to operate under the Green Deal.

5. New tenants need to be aware of the Green Deal and acknowledge the repayments they need to make When renting out a property with a Green Deal you need to provide the tenant with a copy of the Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) (or, in Scotland, the EPC and the Recommendations Report) showing:

  • the improvements that have been made under the Green Deal
  • the repayment amounts the electricity bill payer needs to make
  • the length of the Green Deal
  • the name of the Green Deal Provider
You will need to make sure that tenant acknowledges the Green Deal and the repayments by including standard prescribed wording.

The electricity bill payer makes Green Deal repayments. Green Deal repayments are part of the electricity bill for the property. So, the person responsible for paying the electricity bill - usually the tenant - is responsible for making repayments for the improvements. If a bill payer defaults on their electricity bill, you will not be held liable - the electricity company will use their normal collection processes.

Where to start

To start, you or your tenant will need to book Green Deal Assessment. When you book an assessment you may be asked if there are any accessibility issues, like access to your loft, and whether you can provide bills showing your recent energy use.

Look for the Green Deal Approved quality mark Only Green Deal Assessors, Providers and Installers can use it. This shows they meet Green Deal standards and are authorised to operate under the Green Deal.

Energy Act 2011

The Energy Act 2011 contains powers so that from 2016 landlords should not be able to refuse reasonable requests for consent to install Green Deal measures from their tenants. From 2018 landlords should ensure their privately rented properties meet a minimum energy efficiency standard (likely to be set at EPC rating 'E') or that they have installed the maximum package of measures under the Green Deal.

The range of measures that can be installed under the Green Deal are:

  • Air source heat pumps
  • Biomass boilers
  • Biomass room heaters (including with radiators)
  • Cavity wall insulation
  • Cavity wall insulation (HTT)
  • Chillers
  • Cylinder thermostats
  • Draught proofing
  • Duct insulation
  • Hot water showers (efficient)
  • Hot water systems (efficient)
  • Hot water taps (efficient)
  • External wall insulation systems
  • Fan assisted replacement storage heaters
  • Flue gas heat recovery devices
  • Gas fired condensing boilers
  • Ground source heat pumps
  • Heating controls (wet central heating system and warm air system)
  • Heating ventilation and air-conditioning controls (zoning controls)
  • High performance external doors
  • Hot water controls (including timers and temperature control)
  • Hot water cylinder insulation
  • Internal wall insulation (of external walls) systems

Source: www.gov.uk/greendeal

This information is intended as a guide only. Further advice is available by contacting the Energy Saving Advice Service on 0300 123 1234 or visiting www.gov.uk/greendeal

  • Loft or rafter insulation (including loft hatch insulation)
  • Mechanical ventilation with heat recovery
  • Micro combined heat and power
  • Micro wind generation
  • Oil fired condensing boilers
  • Pipe work insulation
  • Replacement glazing
  • Radiant heating
  • Room in roof insulation
  • Roof insulation
  • Sealing improvements (including duct sealing)
  • Secondary glazing
  • Solar blinds, shutters and shading devices
  • Solar photovoltaics
  • Solar thermal hot water heating
  • Transpired solar collectors
  • Under floor heating
  • Under floor insulation
  • Warm air units
  • Waste water heat recovery devices attached to showers
  • Water source heat pumps
  • Variable speed drives for fans and pumps



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