The landlords’ trade body says it welcomes a change of heart by the government over details of the Green Homes Grant scheme.
Until now it’s been difficult for landlords and other home owners to find installers who meet the minimum requirements of the grant. But changes coming into effect this week mean sub-contractors are no longer required to be TrustMark registered and certified with Publicly Available Specifications (PAS) or Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS).
However, any sub-contracted work must still be carried out in accordance with the relevant PAS or MCS requirements.
The deputy director of campaigns at the National Residential Landlords Associaiton, Meera Chindooroy, says: “[This] is good news for landlords. We have had an incredible amount of interest from our members following the Green Homes Grant announcement. However, we heard from a large proportion of members who said they were having huge problems finding local installers with capacity to carry out the work and this was causing a backlog.”
The NRLA has campaigned for further funding to be made available to help landlords to go beyond the legal minimum of energy efficiency measures set out by the government for the private rental sector.
With the grants, which were extended to March 2022, landlords will be able to claim up to £5,000 per rental property.
The NRLA Green Homes Grant campaign has been underway since October, encouraging landlords to apply for a voucher towards the cost of installing energy efficient and low-carbon heating improvements in their homes.
As the Green Homes Grant scheme is available to landlords and home owners in England only, the NRLA is also campaigning for the Welsh government to replicate the scheme.