Following the introduction of the new Heat Network (Metering and Billing) Regulations 2014 many landlords will find that they may need to undertake a number of changes to their properties according to a report on landlordzone.co.uk
The new regulations will be enforced by the National Measurement and Regulation Office (NMRO) and follows the Energy Efficiency Directive (EED) with regards to supplying energy for heating, hot water and cooling.
These new changes will affect landlords who own properties, whether commercial or private residential, which supply energy, heating, hot water or air conditioning to more than one occupant from a central source i.e. a single boiler.
Previously, energy costs would typically have been split between the tenants, charging each an appropriate share under a service charge. However under the new law failure to install individual meters for each unit by 31st December 2016 could result in civil as well as criminal penalties.
Those landlords affected are also required to register with the National Measurement and Regulation Office (NMRO) by the recent revised date of 31st December 2015.
In order to comply with the regulations, landlords will have to have an assessment on their properties to evaluate the feasibility and cost implications of having separate meters installed. However they can appeal against the requirement for their property should it be proved technically or too costly to fit separate meters.
The NMRO has produced a guidance document which can be found on the government’s website https://www.gov.uk/heat-networks
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