Due to recent changes and updates in the above regulations EMPO can now clarify the responsibilities of HMO landlords in terms of meeting their obligations under these regulations.
Further to EMPO’s article on Heat Network (Metering and Billing) Regulations in the June 2015 edition of the EMPO Messenger.
Recent changes and updates in the regulations have clarified the responsibilities of HMO landlords in terms of meeting their obligations under these regulations. We can now say with confidence that landlords of HMOs with shared facilities will not be required to provide network notification. To be clear we are talking about HMOs where all tenants share the kitchen, bathroom and/or living rooms for all units. Click HERE for the updated guidance.
Landlords of self-contained properties with no shared facilities, whose tenants are directly responsible for their utility bills and contract with utility providers, are outside the scope of these regulations too. However, if a landlord was to pay for heating and acted as heat ‘supplier’ they would need to:
i) Notify the National Measurement & Regulation Office (NMRO) by 31 December 2015. This notification will last for four years.
(ii) Undertake viability assessments in respect of metering for individual units by 31 December 2016 and install meters where viable.