Six things landlords need to know about the Green Deal

1. The current electricity bill payer always pays the Green Deal repayments

If the property is left vacant, you will need to make the repayments until a new tenant moves in and starts paying the electricity bill in the same manner you would with any standard charges.

2. Your tenants needs your permission before taking out a Green Deal

Your tenant needs your permission before taking out a Green Deal. If your tenant wishes to take out a Green Deal Plan, they will first need your agreement to both the improvements and the financial aspects of the plan, like the amount of the repayments and how long the repayments need to be paid for.

3. You need tenants' permission before you take out a Green Deal

Where the tenant is the electricity bill payer, they will need to make repayments for the Green Deal on their electricity bill. So you will need their express permission before taking out a Green Deal at the property.

4. All improvements are quality assured

All improvements made under the Green Deal are completed by Green Deal installers such as ourselves at Greener Skies. This means the work is completed by professionals that meet Green Deal standards and are authorised to operate under the Green Deal.

5. New tenants need to be aware of the Green Deal and acknowledge the repayments they need to make

When renting out a property with a Green Deal you need to provide the tenant witha copy of the Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) showing:

  • the improvements that have been made under the Green Deal
  • the repayment amounts the electricity bill payer needs to make
  • the length of the Green Deal
  • the name of the Green Deal Provider.

You will need to make sure that the tenant acknowledges the Green Deal and the repayments by including standard prescribed wording.

6. Your tenant is responsible for any arrears or defaults

If your tenant defaults on their electricity bill, you will not be held liable - the electricity company will use their normal collection processes to get the funds from your tenant.

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Independent and impartial advice about the Green Deal can be obtained on 0300 123 1234 or at www.gov.uk/greendeal