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.

Brexit impact

This content is likely to be impacted by the UK’s withdrawal from the EU. For information on how leaving the EU will affect environmental law, see Practice Note: Brexit—environmental law implications, which details the relevant aspects of the withdrawal process, as well as providing insights into developments affecting environmental protection, such as the draft Environmental Principles and Governance Bill.

The date and time of withdrawal of the EU (exit day) is specified in UK law (under section 20 of the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018), but until the legal terms of the withdrawal negotiated with the EU are finalised, there remains a possibility that the UK’s membership will lapse automatically on exit day, without all the necessary legal and transitional arrangements in place. This has implications for