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The Clock is Ticking for Property Landlords

The clock is ticking for property landlords in the South West to act to improve the energy efficiency levels of their properties ahead of new Government’s Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES) which come into force in April 2018.
 
We are encouraging landlords to act now or face the prospect of either not being able to legally rent their properties or being hit by fines of up to £7,000 from April 1, should they fail to meet the requirement set out in the Government’s Minimum Energy Efficiency Regulations.

We actively help landlords and residents across the UK tap into a wide range of grant funded energy efficiency improvements and are urging landlords who have tenants on income-related benefits such as income-support or Working Tax Credit* to get in touch with us now to help access heating grants to improve their properties.

Available under the Government’s Help to Heat initiative through the Energy Company Obligation (ECO), the grants enable households and landlords to upgrade heating systems, heating controls, loft insulation and cavity wall insulation. In many cases the works can be done free of charge or with only a small contribution to pay.

When the new regulations come into force, landlords’ properties must have an EPC energy efficiency rating of E or above. Those with properties having an EPC rating of F or G will have to make improvements at their own cost or face the prospect of not being able to let them. Those that don’t could face fines of up to £7000 levied by enforcement officers.
 
“It is likely there are thousands of properties across Cornwall and the South West that will need action to ensure tenants are still able to live in them, so it is doubly important that action is taken as soon as possible by landlords.

“Our advice to landlords with tenants on benefits is to get in touch with us to help apply for the energy efficiency upgrades available. Not only will this help offset the cost of works that are likely to have to be done when the regulations come into force, helping them meet their responsibilities, but it will in turn make their properties easier to heat and keep warm for their tenants,” said John Moores of Happy Energy.
  
Under the Government backed Help to Heat scheme, households could be eligible for a range of improvement works including LPG or oil boiler upgrades, replacement storage heaters, cavity wall and loft insulation and in some cases a partial grant to install a new central heating system.
 
“For qualifying tenants who have a broken or inefficient oil or LPG boiler, Happy Energy may be able to replace it free of charge; storage heaters could also be upgraded to modern, more efficient models.  
 
“For tenanted properties with no heating, we may be able to install free storage heaters or landlords can pay towards the cost of works and have a full central heating system installed. Grants will vary and larger houses or those that have solid walls will be more likely to receive larger grants.
 
“We are working with a growing number of landlords who recognise the new regulations will force them to act, so we are accessing the Help to Heat funding for them to support those improvement measures,” added John.
 
To find out more about the range of energy saving improvements and advice available through the Happy Energy visit here or call them direct on 0800 0246 231.

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