With the UK government looking to be net zero carbon by 2050, there are a couple of things you should be aware of. The Green Homes Grant, and the consultation on Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES) for 2025.
Green Homes Grant
What is the Green Homes Grant?
If you’re a homeowner or residential landlord, then you can apply for a Green Homes grant voucher to put towards the cost of work which improves the energy efficiency of your home.
Works could include insulating your home to minimise energy use, or the installation of low-carbon heating to reduce the carbon dioxide your home produces.
The closing date for this is the 31st March 2021, and unsurprisingly the process is quite complicated so it’s worth getting in quick if it’s something you’re thinking of taking advantage of.
Who should think about it?
This scheme is particularly worth looking at for any landlord whose rental home has an EPC rating lower than a C, so a D or an E. If you’re not sure what your EPC rating is, you can have a look on the EPC register to remind yourself, here.
The grant is offered with a view to improving the fabric of the house, and must be carried out by contractors who are registered both with Trustmark and the Green Homes Grant.
How to apply
As we understand it, the voucher must be applied for and agreed to before work is started and payment will then be made based on proof that the work has been carried out. Works must be completed by the 31st March 2021.
There is a pot of £2 billion, and each grant will cover up to £3750 of work up to £5000 per property.
Applications should be made online at gov.uk/apply-green-homes-grant.
The consultation for Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES) for 2025
What is this?
The government have launched a consultation on improving the energy performance of privately rented homes.
As we mentioned previously, it’s the government’s aim to be net carbon neutral by 2050 and the general aim is to improve the energy rating of homes, with the proposal that all rental properties having EPC ratings of ABC, nothing below that, by 2025.
Will there be any exemptions?
As always, there are proposed exemptions. If you would have to spend more than £10,000 to bring a property up to scratch. The same applies for listed properties.
We’ll be adding our voices to the consultation, but the more the merrier and the government especially want to hear from landlords and tenants – so watch out for the link which we’ll send out in our next newsletter which you can subscribe to here.