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Green Assured Shorthold Tenancy (AST)

Toryn's Clause

Green AST clauses to give tenants a modest rental rebate for 'green' household management and give landlords the ability to invest in renewable energy installations while their rentals are occupied.

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Why use this?

Tenants are not incentivised to occupy their rental property in a sustainable way and landlords have no ability to install renewable energy solutions whilst the property is occupied by virtue of the protections afforded to tenants under ASTs.

These Green AST clauses can easily be incorporated into a standard form AST.

How it promotes a net zero future

By utilising the Green AST clauses, private landlords can incentivise their tenants to live more sustainably by offering them the “Green Rent Rebate”. The “Green Rent Rebate” encourages tenants to choose a renewable energy tariff at the start of the tenancy and maintain it for their period of occupation.

Further, by including the ability to re-enter their properties to investigate, and if possible, undertake the installation of renewable energy solutions, in their AST, private landlords have the option to invest in their properties – for the benefit of themselves (in terms of the properties long-term value, making the property more attractive to tenants, lowering turnover and reducing potential problems such as damp) and their tenant (who will have the opportunity to live in a more energy efficient home which is cheaper to run, thus reducing the risk of fuel poverty) – rather than having to wait until the property is unoccupied to undertake such works at a time when they are not receiving rent.

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The clause

Additional Clauses:

  1. Rent

23.1 Subject to clause 1.2, the Tenant shall pay rent at an initial rate of £[AMOUNT] per calendar month (Rent) in advance on or before the [DAY] day in each calendar month (Rent Payment Date) to the Landlord.

23.2 The Landlord hereby agrees to reduce the Rent by £[AMOUNT] per calendar month (Green Rent Rebate) in reliance on the following Tenant undertakings (Green Occupation Undertakings):

(a) to purchase electricity and, if available, gas from a renewable/green tariff[, install a smart meter and smart heating controls to monitor their energy use] and minimise energy use as far as possible (for example by turning appliances off standby mode);

(b) to replace existing LED light bulbs with new LED light bulbs as required from time to time;

(c) to recycle as much as possible and otherwise minimise household waste as far as possible;

(d) to minimise water use as far as possible [for example by installing water efficient shower heads)].

23.3 The Landlord reserves the right to require the Tenant to provide reasonable evidence (for example, copies of recent utility bills) to demonstrate its compliance with the Green Occupation Undertakings.

23.4 If, in the Landlord’s reasonable opinion, it does not believe that the Tenant has been complying with the letter and/or spirit of the Green Occupation Undertakings, the Landlord may withdraw the Green Rent Rebate at its discretion. In this event, the Rent shall return to the amount stated in clause 1.1 with effect from the next Rent Payment Date

  1. Landlord’s right to enter the Property

24.1 Subject to clause 2.2, the Landlord reserves the right for the Landlord, or any person acting on behalf of the Landlord, to enter the Property on giving reasonable prior notice to the Tenant to investigate the possibility of installing renewable energy or energy efficiency solutions (for example installing a more efficient boiler, loft insulation, solar panels on the Property’s roof, a home battery or an electric vehicle charging point) and, if deemed suitable, undertake any such installations.

24.2 The Landlord, or any person acting on behalf of the Landlord, shall take reasonable steps to ensure that the Tenant’s right to quiet enjoyment of the Property is not unduly interrupted by, and make good any damaged caused by, the investigations or the undertaking of the installations referred to in clause 2.1.

24.3 Subject to the Landlord’s compliance with clauses 2.1 and 2.2, the Tenant shall use its reasonable endeavours to co-operate with the Landlord to assist it with the investigations or the undertaking of the installations referred to in clause 2.1.

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