Private landlords should make use of grants available to help them improve energy efficiency in their properties.

This advice came from the National Landlords Association (NLA), which explained that landlords can claim as much as £1,500 per property on particular energy-efficiency measures such as hot water, cavity wall and loft insulation.

The money is available under the Landlords Energy Saving Allowance.

In addition, the NLA noted that improving energy efficiency could increase a property's value and can make conditions such as damp or mould less likely to occur.

Tenants may also stay longer in properties that rack up lower fuel bills thanks to energy-efficiency improvements.

Recently, the NLA warned that landlords who fail to issue new tenants in Scotland with energy performance certificates (EPCs) could be fined £5,000 for each property without one.

The EPC is a ten-year certificate about a property's environmental impact and level of energy efficiency. It enables tenants to find out about heating costs.ADNFCR-2002-ID-18960057-ADNFCR

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