Green Deal—issues for the private rented sector
Green Deal—issues for the private rented sector

The following Environment practice note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Green Deal—issues for the private rented sector
  • The Green Deal
  • What is the private rented sector?
  • Disclosure of Green Deal
  • Acknowledgment of Green Deal
  • Consent and confirmation
  • Updating the central charge database
  • Minimum energy efficiency standards
  • Landlord to give consent to energy efficiency improvements
  • Drafting considerations for leases
  • More...

The Green Deal

The Green Deal is a scheme, originally designed by the government, now backed by private investors, that enables landlords and tenants to make energy efficiency improvements to residential and commercial property funded through a ‘pay-as-you-save’ approach. Green Deal providers arrange low-cost finance for the improvements without having to pay any up-front costs. Instead, the costs of making the energy saving improvements are added to the energy bills at the property and paid off in instalments by the energy bill payer in line with the Golden Rule. The Green Deal Golden Rule is that the expected financial savings resulting from the energy efficiency measures must be equal to or greater than the costs attached to the energy bill.

The Green Deal was introduced through the Energy Act 2011 (EnA 2011) and has been implemented through a series of regulations and orders, which provide details to the scheme, such as the Green Deal Framework Regulations (Disclosure, Acknowledgment, Redress etc) 2012 (GDFR 2012), SI 2012/2079, the Green Deal (Disclosure) Regulations 2012, SI 2012/1660 and the Green Deal (Acknowledgment) Regulations 2012, SI 2012/1661.

The scheme was launched on 28 January 2013 as part of an initiative to reduce carbon emissions through addressing the UK’s thermally inefficient housing stock. It was subsequently brought to an end in July 2015 when the former Secretary for Energy and Climate Change, Amber

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