What is new?
Landlords of multi-let properties, where heat is supplied through a common system, now have duties (before 30 April 2015) to:
- Report (to the National Measurement Office – the government enforcement authority)
- Provide details of each property and the number of recipients of heating etc. services
- Ensure every new or replacement meter meets the measurement and display rules
- Install compliant main (point of entry) meters for each property by 30 April 2015
Additional duties (with subsequent deadlines) apply to:
- Ensuring bills to end users are accurate (and not based on estimates)
- Installation of compliant meters for all end users by 31 December 2016 (or immediately on completion of new build or refurbished properties).
What is this about?
The policy is driven by European Directives and climate change targets. The objectives are:
- to reduce energy consumption by ensuring end users know how much they are using
- to provide consistency in a previously unregulated market
Is it compulsory?
Yes. Fines may be imposed for non-compliance.
Although certain of the obligations took effect in December 2014, fines cannot be imposed unless non-compliance continues after 30 April 2015.
Are there exemptions?
There are a few limited exceptions. Where it is not cost efficient or where it is not technically feasible to install final user metering relaxations are available.
Is there more?
There are a number of technical rules to be followed. They are beyond the scope of this alert. If you would like more information please contact your client relationship partner.
What is the source of this new law?
The Heat Network (Metering and Billing) Regulations 2014 (S.I. No 3120).