Free insulation for tenanted properties

by Mark Alexander

9:20 AM, 8th April 2013
About 7 years ago

Free insulation for tenanted properties

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Free insulation for tenanted properties

Free insulation for tenanted propertiesDid you know that landlords can now get free loft, cavity and solid wall insulation and more, especially if your tenants are in receipt of benefits?

The procedure to find out whether your properties qualify for free insulation is simple; it costs just £100 for a survey and if the works go ahead the survey fee is refunded too!

The surveyor will measure the existing insulation in the loft. Cavity wall insulation is a simple drill test and holes are filled again afterwards. The turnaround on insulations is really fast and done by approved insulation teams.

External insulation is available for properties pre 1920 which are of a solid construction. An additional wall is added and then rendered. It looks really smart, adds value to a property and costs the landlord nothing!

There are a lot of misunderstandings amongst landlords surrounding the Green Deal. I don’t profess to being an expert but I do know that a lot of the work which is completed as a result of Green Deal assessments isn’t necessarily paid for with Green Deal funding. There are several grants available too! These are very much dependent upon your tenants’ financial circumstances. Therefore, it is important that your chosen assessors/surveyors and the companies they work with to arrange funding and installations based on their recommendations also obtain comprehensive details of your tenants finances to obtain the most efficient funding. The company we have now partnered with are a FTSE 250 company and employ over 70,000 people. They provide these services to Housing Associations and Councils. They are, therefore, incredibly well placed to advise you and your tenants properly.

The problem with trying to investigate all the different schemes yourself is that you don’t know what YOU don’t know and you don’t know what you local man doesn’t know either!

It’s all very well trying a DIY approach to this but why bother when, under the scheme we have put together, you get the £100 survey fee back when the works are done anyway?

What’s the point in going to a local supplier who has a handful of contacts when you can go to a National company which is bang up to date with all the schemes available?

In terms of the £100 survey fee, I can’t see why some landlords might perceive this is an issue. Why would anybody do the research if they were not indenting to go ahead?

As I see it, the £100 is merely a refundable commitment fee.

Conclusion – if you are serious about improving your property and you want the best advice on all schemes without doing the leg work then pay your £100 to our recommended supplier, get the work done and get your £100 back. SIMPLES!

Advantages to having an assessment and proceeding with works are; increased property values, reducing carbon emissions and happy tenants as the cost of the energy bills will be lower, especially over time as we are all aware that energy costs are rising quickly.

The businesses we have partnered with have surveyors and installers throughout the country which means that customer service is fast and efficient. Remember, your survey fee is refunded when the works proceed.

How to get FREE insulation for tenanted properties

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Important note – this article was updated on 8th April 2013. Some of the comments below refer to Michael Wakefield, an insulation specialist who very kindly who provided content in the original article. We have since removed that content and now refer all enquiries to a National supplier which has the resource not only to respond quickly, but also to arrange and complete insulation work in a timely manner no matter where your properties are located.



Comments

paul johnson

17:08 PM, 2nd May 2013
About 7 years ago

Hi, I'm wondering if anyone can answer this question regarding Greendeal/ECO

If i was to have a greendeal assesment done on a property and my tenant was eligible under ECO for EWI,replacement boiler,loft insulation, Could i move the funds over to the greendeal and apply for double glazing[presuming they need to be changed.]
Example: [rough figures]After survey/EPC , boiler 2k, EWI 2k, loft insulation 1k = 5k all under ECO. Double glazing 1k under greendeal. Will that 5k plus 1k then be available under the greendeal for DBL glazing.

Hope i've made myself understood

thanks pj

17:34 PM, 2nd May 2013
About 7 years ago

Good Question

Well EWI at this moment if not running on gas wont stack up to be fully funded on Eco - All be it - Ill probally get corrected in 10 mins by someone trading carbon in India - Boilers are funded via AW based on benefits - Loft ect also under the same rules. Its a chicken and egg situation. Maybe hold tight for a month.

17:37 PM, 2nd May 2013
About 7 years ago

Can i take this opportunity to mention
We have via 2 installers funding for the boiler scheme - We are only focusing on the following areas at the moment
West / South Yorkshire
Lancashire
Stoke
Sunderland . Peterlee , Hartlepool

Critaria Benefit driven - boilers aged 6 years and plus with low eff rating 80 per cent - Contact me

paul johnson

17:54 PM, 2nd May 2013
About 7 years ago

Hi Mike, When you say "EWI at this moment if not running on gas wont stack up to be fully funded on Eco" do you mean that if my properties heating requirements are run on gas[all do except 2] they will be eligible for EWI under ECO? Also most of, if not all my tenants will be eligible for AW.
With that in mind,The question i asked remains!

BTW My properties are in the ts10,11,12,13,14 quite close to Hartlepool,Do you deal with that area?

PJ

18:52 PM, 2nd May 2013
About 7 years ago

Based on the carbon prices installers wont install on gas properties at this time-

With regards to teeside and Boilers - Please send me a direct mail so we can speak

David Lawrenson

13:47 PM, 7th May 2013
About 7 years ago

Good piece but from my experience the reality of delivery of some of the funds is weak to say the least.
To get the CSCO money you will need tenacity and also contacts!
It is a bit of a shambles (as one might expect where something is being delivered by the govt).

See our piece on "The Carbon Saving Community Obligation Mythical Beast" for what happened when we tried to find out if our places qualified:
http://www.lettingfocus.com/blogs/index.php/2013/05/the-carbon-saving-community-obligation-mythical-beast/

13:57 PM, 7th May 2013
About 7 years ago

We can not focus on ewi at the moment as the contribution is too much we feel. Therefore our prime focus is affordable warth and boiler replacements - we have funding in the following areas and are able to survey EPC and install very fast
Yorkshire.Sunderland . Peterlee , Darlington and surrouding areas.
Drop me a line - Tenents and landlords all welcolme

r01

21:13 PM, 9th May 2013
About 7 years ago

I have a Victorian property with 9" solid walls and enquired about wall insulation a number of times in the past under the various deals - most recently when the energy companies were forced to offer insulation by the government instead of paying the hefty mis-selling fines. No-one has ever offered this for free and I'm extremely sceptical here. My tenants are working professionals & I'm prepared to bet the criteria for free insulation is that they are benefit claimants or pensioners in receipt of benefits etc. As with affording to live in London, it seems only the penniless or the ultra rich can afford to be warm.

I've filled out the enquiry but I'm not prepared to fork out £100 to be told by a surveyor that only properties occupied by benefit claimants qualify - I'd expect to be told that before a survey was even arranged.

The energy saving would never recoup the huge cost of doing the work in my lifetime and as I rent out property for profit - not charity - it simply is not worth my while considering it if it has to be paid for. And, I'm darned certain the tenants would hand their notice straight in if the bills were hiked to the level they would clearly have to be to pay for it.

I hope my scepticism is not founded and I will definitely post what happens, so watch this space.

21:26 PM, 9th May 2013
About 7 years ago

My advice. A victorian property. External wall on such a property will take away the character. Internal wall insulation would be more appropriate. But you do loose room space and will have the issue of re decorating and in particular the cost of the exact coving match. The efficiency level and benefits tho will be large if other measures have or will be done. Loft boiler windows etc. Hope Ihave hhelped. Ps it's not fully funded if it's gas mains

Badger

16:12 PM, 13th May 2013
About 7 years ago

Hi r01

"I’ve filled out the enquiry but I’m not prepared to fork out £100 to be told by a surveyor that only properties occupied by benefit claimants qualify – I’d expect to be told that before a survey was even arranged".

Exactly!

This simple fact seems to have completely escaped the providers of these services.

"The energy saving would never recoup the huge cost of doing the work in my lifetime and as I rent out property for profit – not charity – it simply is not worth my while considering it if it has to be paid for. And, I’m darned certain the tenants would hand their notice straight in if the bills were hiked to the level they would clearly have to be to pay for it."

Agreed.

As a landlord of a number of older properties with solid walls myself I am in the same boat and I too have been looking into this in earnest but with very little luck.

It seems to me that landlords in our position are caught in a pincer movement.

Because of the hike in the minimum EPC rating required in order to be allowed to rent out a property in a few years time we will either have to sell or we will be forced to pay up for this insulation whether we like it or not.

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