Landlords' right to refuse relevant energy efficient improvement request

United Kingdom

This article was produced by Nabarro LLP, which joined CMS on 1 May 2017.

From today, landlords (including superior landlords) of residential property will no longer be able to unreasonably refuse a tenant’s request to make prescribed energy efficiency improvements to their homes.

Part 2 of the Energy Efficiency (Private Rented Property)(England and Wales) Regulations 2015 (the “Regulations”) will come into force on 1 April 2016. This is no April Fools, as residential landlords (and superior landlords) will no longer be able to unreasonably refuse consent to a tenant’s request to make prescribed energy efficiency improvements to their properties, unless certain exemptions apply, or the landlord proposes alternative energy efficiency measures.

These Regulations could have quite far-reaching implications, as tenants will now have a right to request to carry out alterations that may affect the fabric or structure of the property to make the prescribed energy efficiency improvements to which the landlord (or superior landlord) cannot unreasonably refuse its consent. 

Please click here for more information on the new changes prepared in association with LexisPSL.