Rural Property Investment Landlords Advised to Try Alternative Fuels

Rural private landlords have been urged to consider alternative fuel options if their properties are in non-mains gas areas.

It has been suggested that switching the fuel supply in rural rental properties to liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) could make buy to let investments more attractive to new prospective tenants. This is due to the fact that living ‘off grid’ can be somewhat daunting to those who have not experienced it before.

When a buy to let property is located in an area that is not served by mains gas, landlords may have to rely on alternative fuels. Potential options include oil, electricity or LPG. However, LPG supplier Calor has argued that the former might be more suitable for tenants who have never lived off grid before.

Gregor Dalgleish, of Calor, has unsurprisingly asserted that rural landlords should consider the switch to LPG. His argument stands that out of all available off grid fuel options, LPG will be most familiar to tenants as LPG boilers work in the same way that mains gas boilers do. This means that tenants are still provided with controllable heating as well as a real flame for cooking.

Dalgeish further argues that an LPG system is likely to be cleaner and easier to maintain than options such as oil or solid fuel, rendering the systems less hassle for both landlord and tenant.

He explained: ‘With oil theft from tanks still a big issue in rural areas, LPG also provides a more secure solution, with little danger of fuel theft and environmental damage from leakage.’

The insight comes following a recent focus on energy in rural properties, with countryside landlords reminded about the imminent minimum energy efficiency standards (MEES) for rental properties as The Country Land and Business Association (CLA) argues the legislation will ‘fail’ older rural properties.