The new green deal scheme, due to launch in October, enables households to install energy efficient measures, such as increased insulation, at no up-front cost. Instead, private companies pay for the work and recover the cost through the resultant savings in the household’s energy bills.
The scheme has received criticism from former climate change committee chair, Lord Adair Turner, for it’s lack of ambition, as it forecasts to cut less than half the carbon needed.
The Government’s costly green deal scheme is to receive another blow next week when the results of a recent survey are published. The online survey, carried out by Inside Housing and contractor and green deal provider, Willmott Dixon, shows that the majority of landlords have reservations about the scheme’s value for tenants.
127 responses were gathered by the survey, and reveal that just 18% of landlords are considering becoming green deal providers. When asked how popular landlords thought the green deal would be with tenants, just 2.5% predicting it would be highly popular, with nearly half (45.4%) predicted that it would prove unpopular.
Reasons given by landlords for their pessimism was that tenants would not want the hassle of the work being done, and their would not be sufficient incentive for other tenants to take up the scheme.
However, despite the scheme’s apparent lack of popularity, from April 2018 it will be unlawful to rent a property which has less than an “E” energy efficiency rating, and landlords and tenants alike may have no choice but to make their properties more energy efficient.