Tenants say energy efficiency is a top priority
With high energy costs and concerns about climate change ever on the rise, more and more people are beginning to worry about issues such as energy efficiency and sustainability.
So it's no surprise that tenants looking for a new home are beginning to pay attention to issues like the property's thermal wall insulation and double glazing.
According to a new study by PropertyLetByUs.com, around 20 per cent of tenants consider cost-effective central heating a necessary feature when looking for a new home. Double-glazing is another priority for a rental home, with 80 per cent of tenants saying it's something they look for.
It's estimated that around ten million British families live in an energy inefficient home, with a leaking roof, damp walls or rotting windows. Damp, condensation and mould are major problems in many rental properties - and this is often due to poor thermal insulation and single glazing.
Commenting on the research, a spokesperson for Discount Landlord said: "It is clear that properly insulated and double-glazed properties are highly sought after by tenants as they enter 2016. This means that landlords offering accommodation which is not up to standard should begin improving their properties as soon as possible."
New legislation will come into effect in 2018, which will make it illegal for rental properties to be let out if they have an energy performance rating below E. It's believed that around ten per cent of the 4.2 million privately rented homes in England and Wales currently fall below that standard.
From April 2016, tenants living in F- and G-rated properties will also be able to request improvements such as more loft or wall insulation, and landlords will then be legally bound to bring the home up to an E-rating.
The spokesperson for Discount Landlord also recommended that landlords should look into getting rent and legal insurance to protect themselves.
According to figures from the EU, homes in the UK are among the most expensive to heat in Europe due to poor maintenance and insulation.