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Communal heating systems – changes in regulations

The Heat Network (Metering and Billing) Regulations 2014 are bringing in a change of legislation that will affect how tenants of buildings with communal heating systems will be invoiced for their use of heating, cooling and hot water.


The legislation is designed to ensure that end-users of heat are only charged for the heating they use.

Who is affected?

The legislation imposes obligations on any supplier of central heating systems. It is wider than previous legislation and includes within the definition of a “supplier” landlords and owners of buildings where heating is supplied from a central source to more than one tenant; for example, shared offices and shopping centres.

It will cover not just landlords who invoice directly for heating charges but also buildings where heating is included within rent or service charge payments.

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