What does the BER have to do with Renters?

What does the BER have to do with Renters?

Things are getting better, at last, for renters. Your landlord is now legally obliged to supply you with a new BER (Building Energy Rating) Certificate for your home.

The BER Certificate is a review of the energy performance of a property. On a scale of A-G, an … A-rated property is the most energy efficient and G the least efficient.

The BER Certificate is more than just another piece of paperwork. It”s a great bargaining tool. Because you can use it to find out what the energy costs on different rental properties will be, and haggle accordingly. If, for example, you see a place you like, but the BER Cert shows a poor energy rating, you can negotiate with the landlord to get the rent down on the grounds that you”re going to have to live with a high ESB bill.

Remember that the landlord is unlikely to produce the BER cert without a bit of persuasion. So make sure you ask for it! Since January 1st, you”re legally entitled to see it before you rent.

There are 5 comments for this article
  1. Louella Cummins at 10:38 pm

    Landlords are obligued to get BER certificate for their property but according to one of the state agent that a rental property can still be rented out without the certificate as the law isn’t reinforce at present. Is that true?

  2. John at 7:54 pm

    I have the same situation we rented in late December and have already use about 400 euro trying to keep the house heated. Did you find any situable recourse for your problem?

  3. Peter O’Connor at 1:08 pm

    I’ve studied BER (got it second time around) The whole point is to SAVE money, save heat, save CO2 emissions. It’s in everybody’s interest to work with it incl the landlords. It’s a saving all ways ’round. There aren’t any (long-term) losers.
    You don’t rent a house with a flimsy door/window why rent one with flimsy insulation.
    K.I.S.S. Keep It Simple Stupid.

  4. Veronica Brady at 10:55 am

    I moved into an older rented house in Swords in January and the landlord didn’t mention anything about this cert. With better quality newer houses out there should I insist on him getting this cert and looking for a reduction in rent if the house gets a low efficiency rating?

  5. Uno at 11:25 pm

    i cant imagine any landlord producing one of these

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