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DCHI members were invited to participate in a survey to establish whether the Energy Assessor community sees Green Deal as something that will have a significant impact on Private Landlords and if so, in which ways it will impact them.
The results can be seen HERE
The survey can accessed HERE (and further contributions are invited)

Summary of qualitative outcomes
1. Green Deal is not working, but it will probably start to work between 6 and 24 months from now.
2. The best feature of Green Deal is that it opens up the possibility of improving the property to people who otherwise would not be able to afford it / access finance to do it.
3. The worst feature of the Green Deal is the complexity and excessive bureaucracy it involves.
4. The most significant single improvement to make Green Deal work would be to remove the Green Deal Advice Organisation layer from the process and bring it under the existing Accreditation Body structure, systems and processes that apply to EPCs.
5. Nobody thought Green Deal was a threat to Private Landlords but 2 people felt it made no real difference to them. The majority believe it is an opportunity although there is recognition that perhaps it brings some drawbacks with it.
6. The greatest benefit to Private Landlords is through having their property upgraded with someone else covering the cost.
7. Landlords will benefit most by getting engaged, taking it to their tenants and presenting it in a way which balances rent level v/s Green Deal repayment.
8. The biggest disadvantage for Landlords is seen as the potential barrier to letting presented by the perception that a Green Deal loan is an additional cost for an incoming tenant

Summary of confidence
1. 75% see the idea behind Green Deal as good.
2. 100% believe the design of Green Deal has been average or worse with 58% scoring the design of Green Deal as poor as it can be on the rating scale.
3. There is a wide spread of opinion on whether Green Deal will make a big difference to getting people out of fuel poverty with the majority view being ‘some but limited’.
4. Similarly Green Deal is expected to make some contribution to reducing energy use, but not a massive one.
5. The contribution to raising property standards is seen slightly differently with more people seeing it as making a big difference and more people seeing it as making little difference while those taking the middle view are fewer than for the reduction in energy use.
6. 25% see the viability of a private rental business being reduced by Green Deal whereas 33% see it as being unaffected and 41% see it as being improved (1% rounding error due to sample size).

The initial responses were 12 which is a small sample size. A limitation of this kind of survey is that it will tend to be responded to by those who feel strongly, whether positively or negatively so may over emphasise views at the ends of the scales.

The respondents were a relatively well informed group so the survey is based on a good level of understanding of Green Deal. It is indicative of feelings in the market place based on experience rather than hearsay or preconceptions. There is a mix of qualified, not yet qualified and not intending to qualify respondents who bring a range of perspectives. 50% of respondents are also private landlords themselves so have a view / interest on both sides of the process.

Ian Sturt

Green Deal impact on Private Landlords