Free services for Landlords

by Robert Mellors

14:14 PM, 26th October 2016
About 2 years ago

Free services for Landlords

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Free services for Landlords

free stuffHi Property118 readers,

I occasionally hear about FREE services for landlords, and I’m now in contact with a company that provides two free services that could benefit many landlords:

  • Room in roof insulation
  • Free central heating boilers

The room in roof insulation is for properties with an attic room.  The company will come and insulate the vertical walls, the angled ceilings, and the horizontal ceiling (under the roof apex), all completely free of charge.  If the attic room does not have roof space access hatches, the company will cut hatches into the wall/ceiling so that the insulation can be added, and they will then seal up the hatches with plasterboard, ready for the landlord or tenant to skim and paint over.  There are no tenant qualifying criteria.

The free boilers are available to tenants who receive qualifying benefits.  This is mainly tenants receiving Child Tax Credits, disability benefits, or in receipt of pension credits.

My “not for profit” company receives a small introducers fee for each successful referral, and this helps to pay for the two Support Workers that we provide to our more vulnerable tenants.  We receive no government funding for our support workers, so every penny helps.

You can contact me by clicking on my members profile above.

Thank you.

Robert Mellors

Choice Housing Ltd



Comments

Richard Peeters

9:10 AM, 27th October 2016
About 2 years ago

Hi Robert,

This is a great initiative, so well done! Does it cover all geographic areas? If not, please be specific with postcode areas or a list of local authorities in which it applies. Thanks!

Regards,
Richard

Jim Fox

10:13 AM, 27th October 2016
About 2 years ago

What's the qualifying criteria for the 'room in roof insulation'?
Does the loft space need to be used for actual living space ie as a bedroom etc?
Does it cover the Bristol Area?
Cheers,
Jim

Mark Leach

10:22 AM, 27th October 2016
About 2 years ago

Hi Robert,
I have 2 flats in Brighton which have only got electric storage heating radiators and wish to update them to Gas Central Heating Are there any grants available at the moment. Both flats are occupied by Housing Benefit tenants whose rents are paid direct to us.
Many Thanks
Mark Leach

Robert Mellors

13:40 PM, 27th October 2016
About 2 years ago

Reply to the comment left by "Richard Peeters" at "27/10/2016 - 09:10":

Hi Richard

The company is based in Staffordshire, so their business is mainly operating in the Midlands and Yorkshire areas, but they have stated that they can travel to anywhere in England if there is sufficient work to make it worthwhile. This means that if they have several enquiries from a similar location then they can bundle these together and arrange to do them all as a batch. So in this way they are able to cover the whole of England.

Robert Mellors

13:44 PM, 27th October 2016
About 2 years ago

Reply to the comment left by "Jim Fox" at "27/10/2016 - 10:13":

Hi Jim

There is no tenant qualifying criteria for the room in roof insulation, but it does need to be a room, not just empty loft space (or boarded loft space).

The company is based in Staffordshire, so their business is mainly operating in the Midlands and Yorkshire areas, but they have stated that they can travel to anywhere in England if there is sufficient work to make it worthwhile. This means that if they have several enquiries from a similar location then they can bundle these together and arrange to do them all as a batch. So in this way they are able to cover the whole of England, including Bristol.

Robert Mellors

13:46 PM, 27th October 2016
About 2 years ago

Reply to the comment left by "Mark Leach" at "27/10/2016 - 10:22":

Hi Mark

The free boiler scheme is for people who already have central heating, but their boiler is either inefficient (usually over 5 years old) or faulty. The qualifying criteria is that the tenant (or someone in their household) has to be in receipt of Child Tax Credit, Pension Credit, or certain disability benefits, e.g. Disability Living Allowance, Personal Independence Payments, Attendance Allowance, or Employment Support Allowance ("support group" rate). Simply getting Housing Benefit is not sufficient, they would also need one of the other welfare benefits.

Jim Fox

15:01 PM, 27th October 2016
About 2 years ago

Reply to the comment left by "Robert Mellors" at "27/10/2016 - 13:44":

Thanks for clarifying Robert.

Mark Leach

17:05 PM, 27th October 2016
About 2 years ago

Many thanks for your reply Robert
Best Mark

tony tony

12:42 PM, 29th October 2016
About 2 years ago

robert im very intersted in both schemes as 95% of my tennants are on benefits , ive already had 8 boilers fitted for free in the past ! so yes im very interested please get in touch with me regards ts

Robert Mellors

12:47 PM, 29th October 2016
About 2 years ago

Reply to the comment left by "tony tony" at "29/10/2016 - 12:42":

Hi Tony

I will pass on your details to the company that supplies these, and will ask them to contact you to discuss your requirements.

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