Some two thirds of tenants say they may struggle to pay their energy bills this winter - and almost as many say they may have difficulties paying their rent too.
Research commissioned by Smart Energy GB reveals that almost half of renters surveyed are worried about how they will pay their bills, with 57 per cent saying these concerns are having a negative impact on their mental health.
Some 65 per cent say rising fuel costs will make it difficult for them to pay their energy bills, with 62 per cent indicating they may struggle to pay their rent this winter.
Smart Energy GB claims the survey also reveals that renters think landlords could be doing more to help, with 46 per cent saying their energy bills could be better managed if their landlord made their home more energy efficient.
Some 28 per cent of renters don’t feel their landlord supports them enough when it comes to managing their energy use, with 85 per cent of renters who do not feel that their property is as energy efficient as it can be concerned that a current lack of energy efficient measures will make their energy costs even higher.
In terms of things that renters feel their landlords could do to make their homes more energy efficient, they would like their homes to be better insulated (73 per cent), with other popular initiatives including having drafts filled in (54 per cent), boilers upgraded (45 per cent) and double glazing installed (44 per cent).
Additionally, 67 per cent of tenants say having a smart meter would help them manage their energy costs. Although entitled to request a smart meter as bill payers, apparently 16 per cent of tenants are - according to the survey - worried that their landlord would not like it, while 14 per cent are concerned it may lose them their deposit.
Kate Faulkner, founder of Propertychecklists - endorsing the survey - says: “A great first starting point for landlords in terms of helping their tenants to take energy saving steps is to arrange for a smart meter installation, if they are the bill payer. Or if their tenant is the bill payer, to empower them to request a smart meter installation.
“Smart meters can also help ensure any problems with utility bill payments at the end of a lease are avoided and better still, the less money tenants spend on their utility bills means the more likely they are to be able to afford their rent payments.”
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