Energy (in)efficiency: exploring what tenants expect and endure in the private rented sector in England

Start Date August 2015
Completion Date December 2016
Grant Holders: Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research, Sheffield Hallam University
Main Contact Aimee Ambrose, Senior Research Fellow
Email: a.ambrose@shu.ac.uk

Summary

Previous research has established that private landlords think energy efficiency is not important to their tenants. This project used in-depth qualitative interviews (plus a short postal survey) with tenants of private rented properties in Hackney and Rotherham to test this assumption and understand what tenants expect and endure in relation to energy inefficiency. The project will also establish the likelihood that tenants will use the Energy Act to request energy efficiency improvements from their landlords. By better understanding tenants’ perspectives on energy efficiency, clarifying their needs, expectations and competing priorities, we hope that the project will aid development of better informed approaches to improving energy performance in the private rented sector.

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