An energy efficient year for Birmingham landlords

David Cox, the NLA’s Senior Policy Officer, shares news of a new energy efficiency offer for landlords and tenants in Birmingham
David Cox, the NLA’s Senior Policy Officer, shares news of a new energy efficiency offer for landlords and tenants in Birmingham

David Cox, the NLA’s Senior Policy Officer, shares news of a new energy efficiency offer for landlords and tenants in Birmingham.

Great news for private landlords in Birmingham as the City Council offer 90 per cent ‘Go Early’ Green Deal grants.

The Green Deal is the Government’s vehicle to make all rental properties more energy efficient. In fact, any rental properties found to have a poor Energy Performance Rating (F or G rated) after 2018 will no longer be fit to let under the new legislation.

Under the Green Deal, the cost of energy efficiency improvements, such as loft and wall insulation, will be paid through a loan attached to the property’s energy bills. However, due to the energy savings achieved by the improvements, the energy bill will never be higher than it would have been if the work had not been carried out.

And with Birmingham City Council’s “Go Early” deal  tenants will see immediate and dramatic reductions in their fuel bills – likely to be £100s per year.

To take advantage of the 90% grant funding offered by the Council, the property needs to be within Balsall Heath, Bartley Green, Bordesley, Bournbrook, Edgbaston, Handsworth, Hodge Hill, Kings Heath, Ladywood, Moseley, Newtown, Northfield, Saltley, Selly Oak, Small Heath, Sparkbrook and Sparkhill. The Council is particularly keen to offer the grants to solid walled properties.

To apply for this offer or for help in deciding whether you would like to take advantage of this initiative, we are arranging five workshops to explain:

  • How to improve the energy efficiency of properties
  • The most cost-effective measures to install
  • How to utilise the forthcoming Green Deal and £1.3bn per year  Energy Company Obligation to minimise, if not eliminate, the cost of energy efficient improvements
  • How to take advantage of Birmingham City Council’s 90% grant-funding which will save tenants even more money

These events are open to both landlords and tenants and if possible, we would highly recommend you come together as it would then be possible to complete the referral process at the workshop. The events will take place on:

Tuesday 8 January 2013 at 12pm, 3pm and 6pm at Sutton Coldfield Rugby Club,160 Walmley Road, Sutton Coldfield, B76 2QA              

Wednesday 9 January 2013 at 12pm and 3pm at The University of Birmingham, Pritchatts Park Village, 9A Pritchatts Road, Edgbaston, B15 2QX.

And one more thing… Birmingham City Council is also offering a limited number of free Energy Performance Certificates to private landlords with homes in the City.

The offer is available until 31st March 2013 and will be available on a first come, first served bases.

To apply for your free Energy Performance Certificate, call the ‘Stay Warm Stay Well’ hotline on 0800 0337967.

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