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Green homes grants to help homeowners and landlords with home improvements

Posted on 22 October, 2020

Landlords and homeowners in England can now apply for the government’s Green Homes Grant voucher scheme, which offers up to £5,000 to make residential properties more energy efficient.

How much money can I get towards the work?

The majority of landlords will be able to get a voucher for up to £5,000 of government contribution.

Work costing £10,000 would mean you would pay £5000 with the government paying the remaining £5000.

Eligibility

You may be eligible if you live in England and:

  • you own your own home (including long-leaseholders and shared ownership)
  • you own your own park home on a residential site (including Gypsy and Traveller sites)
  • you’re a residential landlord in the private or social rented sector (including local authorities and housing associations)

NB. You cannot get the Green Homes Grant for newly built homes which have not been previously occupied.

Who can I use to carry out the improvements?

Work must be performed by a TrustMark registered installer. The installer will also have to be signed up to the scheme. The work cannot be carried out by a member of your household or an immediate family member. 

What improvements can I get?

Vouchers must be used to install at least one primary home insulation or low carbon heating measure.

If you choose to install at least one of the primary measures, you can use your voucher to help cover the cost of secondary measures. The subsidy for the secondary measure is capped at the value of the subsidy provided for the primary measures. For example, if you receive £400 for a primary measure such as a cavity wall insulation, you will be able to receive a maximum of £400 for a secondary measure such as an energy efficient replacement door.

The primary and secondary measures are set out below:

Primary Measures

Insulation:

Low carbon heat:

Secondary Measures

Windows and doors:

Heating controls and insulation:

How to apply

You’ll need the name and date of birth of the property owner and anyone who lives in the property who receives benefits. You will also need one quote from a TrustMark registered installer and their license number. 

You will receive an email with the voucher if you are successful in your application.

How to redeem your voucher

To redeem your voucher you’ll need to confirm that:

  • The installation was completed satisfactorily before the voucher expiry date
  • You have received the necessary documents from the installer
  • You have paid your share of the costs to the installer (if applicable)
  • You meet the relevant eligibility requirements
  • You will need to provide a dated copy of the invoice issued by the installer
  • When you redeem your voucher the grant will be paid on your behalf directly to the installer.

Things to note

  • The vouchers will be released in early November and work must be done before March 31st 2021. This leaves 5 months for landowners/homeowners to get the work done.
  • There have been reports that there are not enough accredited tradespeople signed up to the scheme
  • You need an EPC rating of
  • Landlords applying for vouchers need to prove they have met the minimum energy efficiency standard of an EPC rating of E or above before they can apply for the scheme.

You can read more about the Green Homes scheme here


*This article is for general awareness only and does not constitute legal or professional advice. The law may have changed since this page was first published.

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