Winter is an expensive time for property maintenance and with this winter set to be the wettest on record, we’re offering a new product which will help landlords to reduce damp and maintenance repairs.
We’ve teamed up with the Chopping Company to roll-out Chop-Cloc, a device which turns heating systems off for a proportion of time every hour, without affecting how warm the property feels, but allowing tenants to keep their heating on for longer while reducing bills.
As well as minimising the risk of damp and other winter related maintenance issues, landlords will benefit from the increased stability of their tenants ability to pay rent. Tenants will see an average £120 reduction in energy bills (30% on the cost of gas) which will reduce the potential for bad debt.
Chris Gauld, CEO at Spark, comments: “Winter is a difficult time for landlords, with regular maintenance and repair issues and also a risk of voids as tenants struggle to make ends meet during Christmas. We’re here to help landlords and tenants with their energy needs and Chop-Cloc is a sensible cost efficient device which will help reduce costly damp issues, as well as saving tenants money.”
“Landlords are under increasing pressure to go green. From 2016 no tenant request to make reasonable energy efficiency improvements may be refused and by 2018 all private rented properties must be at least EPC rating ‘E’ to be legally let. The private rental sector is the worst performing tenure in the UK when it comes to energy efficiency and this must change.”
Mark Kerray of The Chopping Company comments: “The partnership with Spark is the perfect opportunity for us to bring bill chopping products and services to thousands of UK householders. We’re excited about working with an innovator like Spark and their customers to deliver more affordable, warmer homes.”
Chop-Cloc is a discreet retro-fit device which maintains comfort temperatures by utilising the ambient heat that is absorbed and emitted by the building and furniture.
Spark is initially trialling the innovative product with its Advance Direct Debit customers before looking at further uses across the private rented and social housing sectors.