It is the tenant of a property that is entitled to a Green Deal Grant as they pay the fuel bills. If your tenants receive a qualifying income-related benefit, tax credit or allowance, or they live in an area of high fuel poverty, they will qualify for a 100% Free grant. This covers the cost of both Loft Insulation and Cavity Wall Insulation.
If the tenants do not qualify for a grant, they will still be entitled to Green Deal Finance which is due to become available from February. This will allow them to have Energy Efficient improvements made to the property without any up-front cost. Green Deal Finance is effectively a loan attached to the property and the repayments are collected from the electricity bill.
Read more about Green Deal Grants and Finance on our home page.
How To Apply
There are two ways for landlords to apply for Loft & Cavity Wall Insulation grants on behalf of their tenants, depending on the number of properties rented out:
If you let one property, please make sure your tenant is aware of the application then complete our main Application Form. At step 4, you will need to enter your tenant's name and address. It would be helpful if you could mention you are the landlord and put your name and telephone number in the additional notes.
If your tenant qualifies for a grant, our approved installer will contact them to make an appointment to carry out a free no-obligation survey, unless you specify otherwise in the notes. If they qualify for Green Deal Finance, we will pre-register them for this scheme and contact them when it becomes available.
If you have more than one property, you can complete our online form multiple times. However, only the first application will be allocated automatically and the remainder will need to be checked before we allocate them. The quickest and easiest way to apply on behalf of several tenants is to call us on 0800 4588 566 during office hours.
Note that installers will never carry out any work to the property without receiving written permission from the landlord.
Why should landlords insulate?
There are several reasons why landlords should insulate their properties. Fitting insulation improves the condition and value of the property and helps to attract new tenants when properties are empty. It will also help to keep existing tenants who will save money on their heating bills and feel more comfortable in their surroundings. Having loft insulation and cavity wall insulation also helps when it comes to sell a property.
All homes sold or rented in England and Wales require an Energy Performance Certificate. A well insulated property will have a higher Energy Efficiency rating. In addition, Cavity Wall Insulation comes with a 25 year guarantee from CIGA (the Cavity Insulation Guarantee Agency) which can be passed on. Home Insulation also helps to protect the environment from global warming.
Landlords are required to produce an Energy Performance Certificate when letting or re-letting a property. Certificates are valid for 10 years.
N.B. We cannot accept grant applications from Social Landlords.
(unless your tenant owns more than 50% of the property)