With just a few weeks remaining until the opening of the Green Homes Grant, the National Residential Landlords Association (NRLA) is welcoming the initiative after the government accepted many of their recommendations about how the scheme should work.
Hundreds of thousands of property owners, including buy-to-let landlords, will be able to apply for vouchers of up to £5,000 for energy-saving home improvements, with the poorest getting up to £10,000, as part of plans unveiled by the government last month.
The detailed plans published adopt the recommendations made by the NRLA including that:
· Tradespeople used for the scheme must be registered for TrustMark or Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS) accreditation.
· The range of measures covered by the scheme should be comprehensive. The Government’s plans say that energy efficiency works should include some element of insulation or low carbon heat installation to qualify for the subsidy which can then also include a range of other measures such as draught proofing, replacing windows or doors and installing heat controls.
The government has previously indicated that residential rental properties should be achieving an Energy Performance Certificate rating of D or better by 2025 and C or better by 2030.
Ben Beadle, chief executive for the NRLA, said: “The announcement is good news for landlords and tenants, and demonstrates what can be achieved when the Government works constructively with landlords.
“Energy efficient homes are clearly important to improving health, reducing household bills and meeting the government’s ambitions around carbon reduction.
“We welcome the clarity around what measures will be included as part of the Green Homes Grant scheme and encourage landlords to make use of this important initiative when it opens.”