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‘Go Green’ grant assistance for Redbridge landlords

Sunday, September 26, 2021 - Redbridge Council

Redbridge Go Green Grant

Redbridge Council have written to property licence holders offering grant assistance to upgrade the energy efficiency of their private rented properties.

It is an offence to let out a private rented home with an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) rating of F or G, unless a statutory exemption applies.

It is anticipated the government will increase the minimum EPC rating to band C, possibly as soon as 2025.  

With this is mind, Redbridge Council are offering Go Green Grants to help landlords improve the energy efficiency of their rented properties through the installation of improved thermal insulation and low-carbon heating. Private landlords can receive a maximum £5,000 grant and will need to contribute 33% towards the works per property.

To be eligible for a grant, the rented property must have an EPC rating of D, E, F or G and the tenants must have a household income of £30,000 or less.

If the initial application is approved, a survey of your property will be arranged by Retrofit Works. A whole house plan will be produced with recommendations on the most appropriate and cost-effective measures to maximise energy efficiency. This could include:

  • solid wall insulation
  • cavity wall insulation
  • loft or floor insulation
  • solar panels

Once the work has been agreed, the work will be undertaken by vetted and approved contractors to the current PAS standard. Upon completion of the project, they will issue and lodge an updated EPC certificate for the property.

The grant scheme is designed to help landlords meet minimum energy efficiency standards, reduce carbon emissions, keep homes warmer and help tenants save money on energy bills.

More information can be found on the council’s website.

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