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Most UK Landlords No Plans For Green Deal

Lima Curtis

MOST of the UK's landlords don’t have any plans to let their tenants take advantage of the government's Green Deal, a new survey has revealed.

The Green Deal, which launched at the end of January, lets participants pay for energy-saving improvements over time via their energy bills.

But according to a study by SPSenvirowall, an insulation company, only a third of landlords (36.6%) they surveyed said they had any plans to use the scheme.

Just under a quarter (21.4%) said they had no plans to use the Green Deal at all, and a further 42% said they were still undecided.

Over a third of those who said their organisation had no plans to use the Green Deal said it was because they were unclear on the pros and cons. Meanwhile, 43.4% said that while they had no plans at present, they hadn’t yet made a final decision.

The questionnaire attracted responses from employees of local authorities, housing associations and ALMOs, with respondents ranging from chief executives and directors to departments heads and officers.

Mitch Gee, managing director at SPSenvirowall, said: “The big proportion of people who are undecided about the Green Deal reflects the confusion that currently surrounds the scheme, which the government and industry needs to address urgently.

“However, as only a fifth say they definitely have no plans to let tenants use the Green Deal, it gives a window of opportunity to show those undecided customers and organisations the benefits they could gain. It’s a similar story with the Energy Company Obligation.

“We need to highlight the findings that showed 84.4 per cent of respondents rated the improved as ‘good’ in homes treated with energy efficiency measures. This shows that education is needed for those yet to make a decision.”