Big bills for tenants

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PRIVATE tenants across the North East are more likely to pay higher energy bills than homeowners, a survey said.

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors report claimed those renting in the private sector pay on average £31 more every year than homeowners, and £90 more than tenants in social housing.

Those who own their own property were more likely to effectively insulate and modernise heating facilities than private landlords, and consequentially see a direct impact on their energy use and spend.

However, a lack of incentives for private landlords to insulate their rental properties and update heating equipment was thought to result in higher bills for their tenants.