**CRITERIA MUST BE MET TO QUALIFY FOR FUNDING**
There is currently funding available to improve the energy efficiency of Privately Rented properties. This funding is available via the Government E.C.O. scheme, which obligates energy companies to reduce carbon emissions and tackle fuel poverty.
Landlords benefit as the energy efficiency measures will be installed free of charge and can increase the value of the property, plus will help to ensure that the property complies with the Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES) regulations.
Tenants will also benefit, due to having a warmer home and lower fuel bills, which has been shown to result in lower tenant turnover.
What energy saving measures are available on the Grant scheme?:
There is currently up to 100% funding available for the following energy saving measures:
Who can apply for a Government Grant?:
There are three criteria that have to be met for the property to qualify for funding:
Child Tax Credit, Working Tax Credit, Universal Credit, Housing Benefit, Income Support, Pension Credit, Income based Job Seekers Allowance, Income related Employment and Support Allowance, Child Benefit* (*subject to number of children in property and income thresholds)
Please note that to qualify for funding a tenant only needs to meet condition a or b or c as listed above.
How can a Landlord apply for Funding?:
If your tenant meets the criteria listed above, they will arrange for a free, no obligation retrofit survey to be carried out on the property to assess its suitability for energy saving measures to be installed. Any funding is subject to a retrofit survey of the property. They do not charge for this service.
Any work carried out in your property will be installed by a Trustmark accredited installation company and all work is guaranteed for up to 25 years. Funding is in high demand and is strictly allocated on a First Come, First Served basis. Any funding that you receive does not have to be re-paid.
Article by Andrew at Energy Saving Grants