Anybody know about grants for central heating and windows?

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8:35 AM, 12th February 2014
About 6 years ago

Anybody know about grants for central heating and windows?

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Anybody know about grants for central heating and windows?

I have a property which was converted in to flats twenty years ago but the conversion stopped before any heating was put in. There isn’t any hot water or heating in either flat so is it possible to get a grant to install boilers, and would it also be possible to get a grant for double glazed windows?

Thanks grants for central heating

Shaun



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Mark Alexander

8:37 AM, 12th February 2014
About 6 years ago

Hi Shaun

Have the properties been occupied for the last 20 years and are they tenanted at the moment?
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9:19 AM, 12th February 2014
About 6 years ago

Hi Shaun,
you could try The Energy Saving Trust, they are currently doing a big drive for landlords & tenants, this includes cavity wall insulation, loft insulation, boilers, I dont know the full details or qualifying criteria but there number is 03001231234
British Gas is also working with Energy saving trust to offer landlord boilers free of charge again worth a call to them as i dont know full details.

hope that helps

sally lloyd

10:27 AM, 12th February 2014
About 6 years ago

search for green deals on the internet and give them a ring. there are all sorts of deals going on. I have my own plumber coming in so can't get a grant .you have to use a recommended plumber by them, but you can claim for up to £270 off your boiler but i think if any of your tenants receive benefits they can get it done for free.

What i have got though is free loft insulation from british gas. as the house had none at all.

Mike

10:38 AM, 12th February 2014
About 6 years ago

Reply to the comment left by "Julie Ford" at "12/02/2014 - 09:19":

The only grants I have found is for boilers, insulation both loft and cavity wall. They have to be applied for by your tenants and they need to be in receipts of certain benefits, this site will give you some ideas they are similar regional outfits around the country
http://www.ecohomes-ne.co.uk/eco-grants/a-free-boiler-eco
The other alternative is the Green Deal
https://www.gov.uk/green-deal-energy-saving-measures.
but this tends to be loans and they are limited to approved green systems.

Mike

10:48 AM, 12th February 2014
About 6 years ago

Reply to the comment left by "Mike " at "12/02/2014 - 10:38":

Just found this
http://www.ecohomes-ne.co.uk/what-is-the-green-deal-about
again its NE but they will be similar in your area the loan is paid back via the fuel bill based on savings made.

Jeremy Smith

11:05 AM, 12th February 2014
About 6 years ago

Hi Shaun,

My friend and his wife in Bedford got a new boiler fitted, where there was none before.
He also got 5 radiators, and to cap it all, he got them to install a new connection from the road...
..all free of charge!!

Persevere ! it is possible.
Neither of them were over 65 yrs old at the time.

Renovate To let

11:14 AM, 12th February 2014
About 6 years ago

Answering Mark's question re existing letting or plans to let will help hone the advice as much of the funding hinges on means testing of the person(s) living there.

If you are preparing the property to let or letting already, don't forget the LESA.

http://www.hmrc.gov.uk/manuals/pimmanual/pim2072.htm

Remember this is per dwelling so per flat in your case.

Replacing old windows with new double glazed UPVC now counts as a repair, not an improvement so is also tax deductible.

You will need to be wary of building regs too as many "replacements" need to meet updated regs and need building control sign off (or installer industry certificates) both to be compliant and also to be counted as "done" in an updated EPC. For example, new windows to a habitable room need a FENSA cert or building control sign off to show they meet regs.

As a war story, a friend who was replacing wooden ground floorboards had building control round re a new opening being made for French doors. Building control passed his new steel lintel OK but also made him aware that he must insulate the replacement floor (and that he would need to insulate the solid exterior walls if he planned to replace the hollow sounding plaster). Both require inspection and some careful detailing to be compliant.

Mick Roberts

11:48 AM, 12th February 2014
About 6 years ago

I've had I think 36 FREE boilers fitted this year since about Feb time.
Cavity Wall so easy to get, boilers a bit more paperwork.
BUT if any of your tenants on the RIGHT kind of benefit, a lot of gas companies are now doing the boilers.
So don't know how you feel about housing benefit tenants, but if any in there, start to get paperwork off them Child Tax Credits primarily, or take some more HB tenants in to get the free boilers.
A lot of these companies are going to be doing free windows soon.
And I've had approx. 10 electric vehicle charging points been fitted, they should cost about £1100-All free.

Jeremy Smith

19:14 PM, 12th February 2014
About 6 years ago

Reply to the comment left by "Mick Roberts" at "12/02/2014 - 11:48":

So this is where all my taxes are going !! 😉

Mick Roberts

19:47 PM, 12th February 2014
About 6 years ago

Reply to the comment left by "Jeremy Smith" at "12/02/2014 - 19:14":

Ha ha yes, Sorry. And Mine too. I do get that quite often. I don't make the rules. I also get it from my plumber mates who's workloads has dropped because everyone having new boilers.

I personally think it's nuts. We've been in recession & the Govt can afford to pay £1400 for firms to fit FREE boilers in tenants houses, when Landlord should be paying. I think I've had Brucie Bonus this year, if you'd have told me 2 years ago that I would having FREE boilers, I'd have said 'Go on with u'. But if someone's gonna' offer it me, I'm gonna take it.

Bonkers that the Govt can do this, but if that's what Europe head Brussels is telling them, they must get their emissions down, well who am I to argue?

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