The Department of Energy and Climate Change has issued guidance for landlords and tenants of domestic property on Part Two of the Energy Efficiency (Private Rented Property)(England and Wales) Regulations 2015.

The document below provides guidance for domestic tenants, landlords and others with an interest in the domestic private rented sector on the effect of Part Two of The Energy Efficiency (Private Rented Property) (England and Wales) Regulations 2015, the tenants’ energy efficiency improvements provisions for domestic tenants. It outlines, for tenants and landlords, their rights and responsibilities under the provisions. Separate guidance will be published in due course covering Part Three of the Regulations (the Minimum level of Energy Efficiency Provisions), including separate guidance for landlords in the domestic and non- domestic sectors.

The Regulations fulfil a duty on the Secretary of State in the Energy Act 2011 to introduce regulations to improve the energy efficiency of buildings in the domestic and non-domestic private rented sector in England and Wales.

The Regulations and related order were approved by Parliament and made on 26 March 2015.

Where a domestic property is tenanted, consent will normally be required from the landlord of the property before work to improve the property’s energy efficiency can be carried out. The Regulations provide a stand-alone statutory scheme in order to obtain any required consent in the case of a domestic private rented sector property. Chapter 2 looks at relevant issues under landlord and tenant law as this affects the carrying out of energy efficiency improvements to private rented residential properties.


Right to Rent


From 1 February 2016, Right to Rent goes live across England. This means all private landlords, including anyone subletting or taking in lodgers, need to carry out quick and simple checks on all new tenants to make sure they have the right to rent property in the country.

The roll out of Right to Rent has been informed by input from a panel of experts from trade bodies, local authorities, housing charities and the Equality and Human Rights Commission, and backed up by stakeholder events with landlords and agents.

Landlords need to check identity documents for all new tenants and take copies. A wide range of documents can be used for the checks, and the Government has worked closely with housing and homelessness charities to design a document list which can accommodate different individual circumstances. This includes where people do not have traditional identity documents such as a passport.

There are resources available to help landlords comply with the new rules, including an online checking tool which landlords can use to guide them through the process and to request a check on anyone who has an outstanding case with the Home Office.

For more information about making the checks go to

The Home Office has produced a Summary Guidance for Landlords document which can be downloaded HERE.

Homestamp Consortium release mobile App ‘Check Before You Rent’


Renting a home in the private sector can have many hazards and pitfalls. Sometimes, making a few basic checks before you move into a property can save you from problems later on in a tenancy. Before you sign an agreement, you should be making sure that the home you are looking at is safe, secure and the right one for you.

The Homestamp Consortium has produced a mobile App -Check Before You Rent – the definitive guide to use when looking to rent property. The app contains three checklists which ask all the important questions including legal requirements, that prospective tenants should be asking landlords when they are considering a rental home.

Check Before You Rent has three sections:

  • What you need to know before viewing the property – all the questions to ask before viewing a prospective property
  • What to look out for when viewing the property – you can use the app when viewing a potential home to look for hazards or questions you need to ask.
  • What you should check before you sign any contracts for the property – a checklist of all the areas you need to consider before you sign any contract.

The App records information for prospective tenants to review findings and decide if they want to rent. If they feel that the property is of concern there is an option to report it to the Local Authority.

Check Before You Rent has been produced in association with WMBUS – a public housing partnership group made up of local authorities and housing providers developing the best use of housing stock across the West Midlands.

The App is available as a free download for both Apple and Android devices.









Check Before You Rent complements the Homestamp publication Read This First – an award winning book which covers in detail all the aspects anyone needs to know when renting property.

Lesley Williams, Chair of the Homestamp Consortium said, “More people than ever are renting property from private landlords. A huge amount of work has gone into producing this App, which we hope will help those people looking to rent property and make sure they ask all the right questions. This is also a valuable resource for landlords, letting agents and other organisations who may find it a useful tool when letting property.

“Questions have been devised by private sector renting housing experts and cover all the legal aspects and requirements that need to be considered when viewing a property”.

“We’d like to thank WMBUS for their support in producing this important App”.

Gary Wright, Sandwell MBC said, “This new App for mobile devices builds on all the information in the Homestamp publication ‘Read This First’ – and allows for people to use the app as they go through the process of looking at renting a property.

“It is really important that people understand all the legal requirements placed on landlords, and all the vital questions that should be asked prior to renting property.”

The App has been launched at the West Midlands Private Landlords and Letting Agents Conference taking place at Banks’s Stadium, Walsall on 2 October 2015.

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