Discover the benefits of smart meters – free webinar

Landlords are being encouraged to discover the benefits of smart meters at a free webinar which aims ©1999 - Present | Parkmatic Publications Ltd. All rights reserved | LandlordZONE® - Discover the benefits of smart meters – free webinar | LandlordZONE.

Discover the benefits of smart meters – free webinar

Landlords are being encouraged to discover the benefits of smart meters at a free webinar which aims to show how upgrading can bring benefits to everyone.

As part of the first smart meter awareness week, Smart Energy GB – the national campaign for the smart meter rollout – is running the event on Tuesday 19th October at 6.30pm when property expert Kate Faulkner, the National Residential Landlords Association and Citizens Advice will discuss everything smart meters for the private rented sector. Chaired by Fflur Lawton, head of public affairs at Smart Advice, the free virtual event will look at the benefits of having a smart meter installed, the installation process, and some of the myths around smart meters, followed by a Q&A session.

Responsibility

Smart Energy GB says there can be confusion as to who is responsible for installing a smart meter; its research has found that 40% of landlords believe that it is their responsibility to install a smart meter, while 39% believe it is the tenants. It adds that renting can be a significant obstacle to uptake of energy-efficiency behaviours because it can be difficult to persuade tenants to sign up for anything that requires installation, such as a smart thermostat or smart meter, because of the perceived or actual barrier of getting landlord permission. 

During the week, Smart Energy GB is hosting a webinar for letting agents and launching a dedicated page on its website with information about smart meters for the private rented sector, including new printable resources for landlords and letting agents. It will also be working with politicians in Westminster, Holyrood and the Senedd on Early Day and Parliamentary Motions to celebrate the success of smart meter awareness week. 

Sign up to the webinar by following this link.

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Rogue landlord found guilty and fined for refusing to provide bins

A rogue landlord who didn’t provide bins for his tenants, leading to bags of rubbish being dumped next to a river, has been fined. 

Roger Howarth, of St Marys Street, Wallingford, was rumbled after fly-tipped waste on Park Road Bridge by the River Medlock was linked to a property he owned in November 2019. Environmental enforcement officers found evidence in a large number of bin bags and traced it to the house in Hollins Road, which had no waste bins.

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Howarth – who is registered under Oldham Council’s selective licensing scheme – was told to order the tenants new ones. During the visit it was also discovered that the electric meter was dangerous and needed to be replaced, however, a follow-up visit found the bins hadn’t been ordered and waste was still piled up in the back yard, while the electric meter had also not been replaced. Officers had to resolve the issue with the energy supplier. A third visit discovered the waste situation had still not changed.

Howarth was found guilty at Manchester Magistrates Court of breaching the Housing Act by not complying with selective licence conditions. The 68-year-old was fined £1,000, with a £100 victim support, plus costs of £1,575 were awarded to the council.

Good result

Hannah Roberts, cabinet member for housing, says: “This prosecution is a good result and is down to the hard work of officers who followed up a report of fly tipping and have made a sub-standard home safe. It is much more expensive to lose in court than to be a decent landlord.”

A consultation on extending Oldham’s selective licensing scheme finished earlier this year and the outcome is expected soon.

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