Climate clause

Green Assured Shorthold Tenancy (AST) Clauses

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?

Clauses that incentivise tenants to occupy a rental property in a sustainable way and allow landlords to install renewable energy solutions at the property while it is still occupied.

The clause

Additional Definitions

Green Occupation Undertakings has the meaning given to it in clause [1.2]. 

Green Rent Rebate has the meaning given to it in clause [1.2]. 

Rent has the meaning given to it in clause [1.1].

Rent Payment Date has the meaning given to it in clause [1.1].

[Drafting note: Capitalised terms relate to either a defined term in this clause or a defined term in the main agreement that this clause is designed to be inserted into.]

 

Additional Clauses

1. Rent

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

1.2 The Landlord agrees to reduce the Rent by £[●] per calendar month (Green Rent Rebate) in reliance on the following Tenant 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 [Drafting note: If not already installed by the Landlord]] 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; [Drafting note: Assumes all light bulbs in the Property are already LEDs]

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

(d) to minimise water use as far as possible (for example, by installing water efficient shower heads) [Drafting note: If not already installed by the Landlord],

(the Green Occupation Undertakings).

1.3 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.

1.4 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.

2. Landlord’s right to enter the Property

2.1 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: 

2.1.1 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 

2.1.2 if such installation works are deemed suitable, to carry out the installation works.

2.2 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 damage caused by, the investigations or the undertaking of the installations referred to in clause [2.1].

2.3 Subject to the Landlord complying with clauses [2.1] and [2.2], the Tenant shall use its reasonable endeavours to cooperate with the Landlord to assist it with the investigations or the installation works referred to in clause [2.1].

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