Landlord Obligations to Comply with Heat Regulations 2014

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Landlord Obligations to Comply with Heat Regulations 2014

Over recent years, efforts have been made to make buildings
more energy efficient both to cut down costs and benefit the environment. As a
result, it is important that landlords know what they need to do in order to
comply with the heat regulations (metering and billing) as per the 2014
requirements. Here is some of the key information you need to know in order to
make sure you are meeting the standards set by the new regulations.

Who Does It Apply to?

These regulations apply to the heat suppliers, so those who
supply and charge for heating and hot water to what is known as a final
customer. This is done through either communal heating or a district heat
network. Normally, the landlord is the heat supplier and is expected to comply
with the regulations by law. Of course, this can also depend on the supply and
charge arrangements and whether or not there is a superior landlord.

What is Communal Heating?

Communal heating is where the distribution of thermal energy
(hot water, steam, liquid) comes from a central source in a building that is
occupied by more than one final customer. This means that a multi-let building
with a communal heating system will be included in these new regulations, as
long as there are two or more tenants who are receiving the energy.

Billing and Installation

It is the responsibility of the landlord to endure that the
billing is accurate, where individual meters have been installed. This is based
on the actual consumption and it must be compliance with the regulations
requirements.

Buildings that have communal heating will require viability
assessments to determine whether it is cost effective and in accordance with
the regulations to install meters to monitor the individual consumption of
heating, cooling, or hot water. If this is not the case, then further
assessments must be carried out to ensure that the components are viable. This
must all be carried out by December 31st 2016 and everything must be
done in compliance with regulations.

By the same date, relevant metres must be installed when the
viability assessment is passed. Alongside this, a heat control device that
allows people to control their consumption must also be installed. Radiator
valves and hot water metres are also included in this where metres are not
viable and the heat supplier is the one providing both heating and water.

Once installed, the heat supplier must ensure that they are
operating, maintained, and periodically inspected. Failure to do so is in
direct breech of compliance with the regulations. Failure to comply can result
in a fine of up to £5000 per offensive item.

Your Checklist

It’s important that you know that you are not only in
compliance with these regulations, but that you have also checked off all of
the requirements from your list. Here is a quick reminder of what you need to
have in place in order to comply, as well as what you need to do for the
future.

Billing and notification should have been in place by
December 31st 2015. The installation of point of entry meters should
have been completed by April 30th 2015. You should have registered
schemes with the NMRO by December 31st 2015. Viability checks and
finals installations as a result of these must be completed December 31st
2016. Finally, where meters are not deemed to be feasible, they must be
reviewed every four years.

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