We are encouraging landlords and those living in privately rented properties to seek free advice about reducing their utility bills and improving energy efficiency.
Last year, we joined neighbours Nuneaton and Bedworth, Rugby and North Warwickshire Borough Councils in signing up to ‘ECO Flex’ - a scheme that is being run in partnership with the local energy conservation charity Act on Energy, which aims to help households on a low income out of fuel poverty (including many who weren’t previously eligible).
Such has been the success of the scheme that 60 households have received a grant for new energy efficient boilers and insulation with many more benefitting from free advice on ways to lower their bills.
The next step in this campaign is to remind landlords as well as residents living in private rental properties, that they too are eligible for the Eco- Flex scheme. We are therefore advising landlords to seek advice and support that is freely available from Act on Energy.
Our Portfolio Holder for Health and Community Protection, Councillor Andrew Thompson commented;
“There is no reason why someone should have to live in a rented property that is cold and badly insulated. We therefore want to send a message to both landlords and their tenants that free help and support is available through the Eco Flex scheme.”
Tenants who are finding that their landlords are unresponsive or unwilling to give consent to energy efficiency measures being taken are advised to contact our Private Sector Housing team.