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Landlords, being key players in the housing sector, can make a significant impact by fostering a greener mindset among their tenants. This not only contributes to a more sustainable future but also helps manage the environmental impact throughout the tenancy and attract more green-forward renters in the future.

In fact MRI’s Rental Housing Trends and Preferences report shows that 72 per cent of tenants find it important that their building is managed in an environmentally friendly way.

In this article, Skip Hire UK explores practical ways landlords can encourage tenants to adopt greener mindsets, fostering a sense of responsibility towards the planet.

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Educate tenants on sustainable practices - The first step in fostering a green mindset is education. Landlords can provide tenants with informational materials on sustainable living, recycling practices, and energy conservation. This can be done in a digital way that eliminates the use of paper, such as through newsletters, social media groups, or dedicated sections on property management websites. This not only helps disseminate information but also fosters a sense of community and can spark discussions and ideas, further accelerating green efforts.

By providing tenants with the knowledge and tools to make environmentally conscious decisions, landlords set the stage for a more sustainable living environment and a more united and healthy community.

Offer feasible waste management solutions - Proper waste management plays a significant role in minimising harmful environmental and health impacts. It is the landlord’s responsibility to set clear guidelines and provide the amenities needed to follow them.

When it comes to recycling, make sure to provide accessible and well-labelled recycling bins. Clearly communicate the importance of separating recyclables from regular waste. Landlords can also collaborate with local waste management services to ensure that recycling facilities are conveniently located and properly maintained. By making recycling effortless, tenants are more likely to participate in eco-friendly practices.

If your tenants are regenerating their apartments or doing home improvements, you can ensure the adequate management of large volumes of waste that come with such activities by arranging a skip hire service for your tenants, especially in big cities. A London skip hire service can ensure that waste is collected, separated, and disposed of at the right place, adhering to recycling practices,” 

Promote energy efficiency - According to MRI’s Rental Housing Trends and Preferences report, 74 per cent of respondents want their landlord or property manager to adopt technologies that ensure the eco-friendliness and energy-efficiency of their spaces.

Consider replacing old, inefficient appliances with new, Energy Star ones. Switch to energy-efficient lighting and use smart thermostats to reduce energy consumption. If you want to go the extra mile, consider investing in solar-powered appliances and solar water heaters.

Additionally, share tips on reducing energy consumption, such as turning off lights and appliances when not in use, and properly insulating the property to maintain comfortable temperatures without excessive heating or cooling.

Incentivise sustainable practices - Incentives are a great way to motivate tenants to engage in sustainable practices. Consider offering discounts on rent for those who consistently recycle, reduce energy consumption, or participate in community clean-up events. Acknowledging and rewarding environmentally friendly behaviour reinforces the importance of sustainability and encourages a positive, green living environment.

Provide green amenities - Green amenities can serve as incentives for tenants to adopt and maintain environmentally mindful behaviours. For example, having a community garden might encourage residents to compost their kitchen waste or use fewer chemical pesticides while fostering a sense of community. Gardening activities can be therapeutic and educational, providing an additional incentive for tenants to engage in eco-friendly practices.

MRI’s Rental Housing Trends and Preferences report shows that 39 per cent of respondents have “far greater” expectations in terms of rental amenities. Incorporating innovative and green amenities can help motivate tenants to be more mindful of the space and the environment. Consider installing bike racks to encourage cycling, and planting native, drought-resistant plants in common areas.

Green amenities contribute to the overall aesthetic and ambience of a property. Well-maintained green spaces, eco-friendly landscaping, and sustainable design elements can create a visually appealing environment. Studies suggest that exposure to nature enhances mental health, well-being, and overall quality of life in urban settings while also cultivating a sense of responsibility towards the environment.

Water conservation - Water conservation is a crucial aspect of fostering an environmentally mindful community within rental properties. Implementing water-efficient fixtures, such as low-flow faucets, toilets, and showerheads, can significantly reduce water consumption. Other simple measures landlords can introduce include installing timers or shutoff valves on outdoor faucets and irrigation systems.

Landlords can further enhance their commitment to sustainability by incorporating advanced technologies like greywater and rainwater harvesting systems. Greywater systems recycle wastewater from sinks, showers, and washing machines for reuse in landscape irrigation, while rainwater harvesting systems collect and store rainwater for toilets and other purposes.

Lead by example - Landlords can inspire tenants to adopt environmentally mindful habits by leading by example. Implement green practices in property management, such as using eco-friendly cleaning products, reducing water consumption, and incorporating sustainable materials in property maintenance and renovations. By demonstrating a commitment to sustainability, landlords set the tone for responsible living.

Conclusion - Instilling an environmentally friendly mindset amongst tenants is a collaborative effort between landlords and residents. By implementing these strategies, landlords can contribute to a greener, more sustainable living environment. Not only does this benefit the planet, but it also enhances the overall quality of life for tenants, creating a positive and eco-conscious community within the property.

* Chris Martin is sales director at Skip Hire *

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    I am NOT their parent or their carer !! They are independent adults like the rest of us. Leave landlords alone with this nonsense.

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    Low flow faucets? Is he American? No mention of hiring a skip which surprises me since this is an advertorial. 🤔

  • Sarah Fox-Moore

    So lets get this straight: Landlords are to not only act as immigration officers, social services, police anti sicial behaviour, solve neighbour disputes, be responsible for damp the Tenants cause, but now also act as a Training Provider of "Green" behaviours and reduce the rent if they put the milk carton in the right bin l have clearly labelled? Are you kidding?
    "Installing an environmentally aware mind set"...really!? It's hard enough to get Tenants to adhere to their Contractual Obligations!! What planet is this clown on exactly? Seriously!?

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    • A JR
    • 13 January 2024 11:24 AM

    Sarah: Great post, love it. 100% spot on.

     
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    It seems more suckers have been taken in by the climate scam

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    • A JR
    • 13 January 2024 12:13 PM

    Other people’s ‘irresponsible behaviour of any type’ including any failures to re-cycle is wholly in the ‘offenders ownership’. It is not the landlords failure nor is it ever acceptable to undermine personal responsibility by passing blame or duties to those who have committed no wrong doing.
    Who are MRI anyway and what self interest do they seek ?

    David Arscott

    Looks like MRI is an international property management software supplier. They say "The independent research was conducted in Q3 2022 by Platform Communications and Vitreous World. 6,017 interviews were conducted via online survey with consumers in three markets – the USA (2,005 respondents), UK (2,004 respondents) and Australia (2,008 respondents)."

     
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    And what of us who don't rent properties to groups of 11 year olds ?

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    The focus on landlords is wrong. The council deals with recycling, they provide information and the various bins etc. Try and get a council tax discount if you recycle! The utility companies provide energy saving advise and sometimes even provide water saving shower heads etc. This has nothing to do with landlords.

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    In my experience it would be impossible to educate most tenants, even if you thought it was your duty to do so.

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    Tenants do whatever they like, regardless of what we advise them to do, eg not putting wet wipes down the toilet and blocking the drains. As most tenants are younger than their landlord, surely they should be educating us on how to save the planet for them and their children ?? Yeah right.

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    I am NOT being party to global coercive behaviour under the scam of totalitarian control using climate change as the driver. That’s what WEF has done with the global corporations, education systems, national politicians, local council politicians, NGOs and young people. They’ve infiltrated everywhere like an octopus with tentacles in every aspect of our lives.

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    GB news last night interviewed a Daily Telegraph Reporter who basically said that the Home office is run by a Tony Blair man who is responsible for ESG and DEI across the civil service. That is absolutely political and totally illegal. Tony Blairs company income is rocketing up.

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    Anything else that landlords could/should do for tenants? Bum wiper? It doesn't appear that they are expected to do anything for themselves.

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