Communal heating network—landlord obligations
Produced in partnership with ELM Law
Communal heating network—landlord obligations

The following Environment guidance note Produced in partnership with ELM Law provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Communal heating network—landlord obligations
  • Brexit impact
  • Who do the obligations apply to?
  • Buildings affected
  • What duties are imposed?
  • Replacement of existing meters
  • New buildings and major renovations
  • Maintenance obligations
  • Billing for the costs of consumption
  • Enforcement
  • more

The Heat Network (Metering and Billing) Regulations 2014, SI 2014/3120 came into force on 18 December 2014 and transpose parts of the Energy Efficiency Directive 2012/27/EU relating to the installation of meters and the provision of billing information that apply to heating and cooling.

The Regulations apply to the whole of the UK.

The 2014 Regulations were amended on 20 April 2015 by the Heat Network (Metering and Billing) (Amendment) Regulations 2015, SI 2015/855 to change the registration dates by which landlords must notify affected buildings from 30 April 2015 to 31 December 2015.

For a detailed summary of the regulatory and contractual issues associated with communal heating or District Heating Network projects in the UK, see:District Heating Networks in England and Wales: The evolving regulatory and contractual regimes.

Brexit impact

As of exit day (31 January 2020) the UK is no longer an EU Member State. However, in accordance with the Withdrawal Agreement, the UK has entered an implementation period, during which it continues to be subject to EU law. This has an impact on this content.

For further guidance, see Practice Note: Brexit—impact on environmental law and News Analysis: Brexit Bulletin—key updates, research tips and resources.

Who do the obligations apply to?

The provisions mainly affect landlords who supply heating, hot water and air-conditioning to tenants in multi-let buildings. These