Oxford University survey into working with private flat owners on refurbishing blocks of flats

This will add to practical and legal knowledge around major refurbishments as housing associations increasingly invest in regeneration.

14 March 2017

The challenges of working with private owners are likely to be a growing issue as social housing providers look to more ambitious retrofits to protect their tenants from fuel poverty in the long term.

This survey focuses particularly on installation of insulation, heating system upgrades or renewable energy measures.

This research has received ethics clearance from the University of Oxford and all responses will be anonymised. 

The research has the potential to:

  • help social housing providers understand better how issues around lease terms affect energy efficiency and other refurbishment projects
  • identify how the law can be reformed to make it easier for social housing providers and private flat owners to work together to improve the energy efficiency of blocks of flats.

Different staff from the same organisation are welcome to complete the survey, for example working in asset management or staff dealing with leaseholders/service charges.