Touching the voids: the impact of energy efficiency on social landlord income and business plans

The research examined data from over 500,000 homes, looking at the impact of energy efficient homes on the bottom lines of social landlords. The study found that:

  • As homes become more energy efficient they are void for a shorter length of time - on average, 31% shorter for band B properties compared to those in bands E and F
  • Landlords with more energy efficient stock spend less on refurbishing void homes, less on repairs and less on staff time to manage voids
  •  Rent arrears are on average half a month higher in Band F properties than in other bands.
  • Other cost savings identified include time spent seeking overdue rent payment, legal costs and court costs which decline by around 35% for more energy efficient homes.

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