Landlords shouldn't rely on tenants to know when things needs servicing
New research* from Cover4LetProperty.co.uk - the landlord insurance specialists – has revealed that 17% of tenants are unaware as to when their boiler was last serviced – potentially comprising their health and safety.
The study also showed that 83% of private tenants are unaware of their rights from April 2016 regarding the energy efficiency of their rented property – a lack of knowledge that could cost them dear in terms of higher fuel bills.
Richard Burgess, Director at Cover4LetProperty, commented: “While it is the responsibility of a landlord to ensure that the boiler is serviced annually - and an obligation under their landlord insurance policy - our research highlighted that one in ten tenants said the last time their boiler was serviced was over a year ago.
“Our study also showed that just 17% of tenants were aware of the new legislation from April 2016 relating to energy performance ratings – leaving the other 83% perhaps living in a draughty home and paying more to heat it than they need to.
“While we specialise in helping landlords with protecting their property portfolios, we urge them to understand the obligations relating to health and safety, as well as helping their tenants save money on their utility bills.”
* Independent survey of 100 tenants carried out December 2015 via Usurv.
Richard Burgess, MCIM, ACIEH, CII Director at Cover4LetProperty, telephone: 0845 863 9558 or email: email@example.com
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