Government £400 energy rebates law ‘demonizes’ homeowners: NRLA

Government plans to legislate for rental landlords to pass £400 rebates on tenants whose bills are included in their rent have been branded ‘demon landlords’ by the National Residential Landlords Association.

The move comes after housing group Shelter said tenants were at the “thank you” of landlords passing on the support, first announced by Chancellor Rishi Sunak in May, who said households would receive payment to help pay energy bills that are expected to more than double. over the next 12 months.

Shelter chief executive Polly Neate said last month: ‘There is no specific legal obligation for landlords to pass on this support, but they are not allowed to overcharge tenants for the energy they have used or profit from it. This could be the case if they pocket government support and continue to charge the same rate for utilities.

But yesterday the new administration led by Prime Minister Liz Truss updated the energy bill support program which covers payment which is due to start on October 1.

He said: “Additional funding will be made available so that the £400 payments are extended to include people such as residents of park homes and tenants whose landlords pay for their energy through a commercial contract.”

“The Government will introduce legislation to ensure landlords pass on the EBSS reduction to tenants who pay all-inclusive bills.”

However, the NRLA maintains that the government’s decision to introduce new payment laws before support has even started will only cause alarm among tenants.

Chris Norris, policy director of the National Residential Landlords Association, said: “Given that payments under the support program have not started to be made, the government’s plans to legislate are premature and unnecessarily demonize the owners.

“It sends a dangerous and misleading message that landlords cannot be trusted to do the right thing, creating unnecessary fear and anxiety for tenants.

“The reality is that one-off pots of money like this cannot make up for the fact that the allowance system consistently fails to protect the most vulnerable tenants. At a time when household finances are under pressure, it makes no sense to freeze housing assistance rates.

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