Improving the energy efficiency of your home as a rental tenant in Sussex
If you’re renting a property in Sussex and you think the energy efficiency of your home could be improved, there are a few things you can do:
Understand your landlord’s energy efficiency requirements
Landlords in the UK have been required by law since 2018 to meet a Minimum Energy Efficiency Standard of at least an EPC band E for their properties before renting to a new tenant. Since 1st April 2020 this requirement also came into force for the renewal of existing tenancies. Understanding these requirements and areas where your property may be lacking will help you to communicate the issue(s) to your landlord.
You can find your EPC rating through the EPC register.
Encourage your landlord to contact us
We have a webpage dedicated to supporting landlords which you can direct your landlord directly to.
If they refuse to act, you may need to refer them to your local authority, or get in touch with us on 0330 223 5755.
You may qualify for free support and grant funding
If you are a private renter in East Sussex and think you may be entitled to additional funding and support, you may be eligible for the Warm Homes Check scheme. They can carry out energy efficiency checks and can carry out several minor measures.Visit their website here.
If you are in West Sussex, you may eligible for help and advice on funding improvements in your home. Visit their website here.
If you are in Brighton and Hove, you may be eligible for free support from Local Energy Advice Partnership (LEAP) - LEAP offers eligible residents free home visits from a local, friendly and qualified Home Energy Advisor to help you save money and keep your home warm.
Are you a landlord?
If you're a landlord in Sussex, visit our dedicated landlord page to find out more about how we can help you and your tenants.