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Grant Funding for the Private Rented Sector

22 January 2020

  • Energy and sustainability policy
  • Energy home improvements

Are you a landlord of a privately rented property? If so, you could be eligible for grant funding towards improving the energy efficiency of your rented property. By installing energy efficiency measures you can make your property more attractive to new tenants, reduce potential problems, like damp and increase the value of your property.

The eligibility criteria for grant funding towards energy efficiency measures for the private rented sector (PRS) is governed by the Minimum Energy Efficiency Standard (MEES) Regulation. The MEES Regulation sets out the minimum energy efficiency standard of an Energy Performance Certificate band E for a privately rented property. For more information about the MEES Regulation, including the upcoming change, please read our MEES Regulation news article or the MEES Regulation webpage.

Eligibility Criteria:

As a result, grant funding for the PRS is dependent on the Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) energy efficiency rating of the property. The eligibility for private rented properties in Surrey is as follows:

  1. The property falls into the PRS EPC rating for the energy efficiency measure wanting to be installed (see table below), and
  2. The tenant falls into one of these categories:
  • The tenant is in receipt of an eligible benefit, or
  • Someone in the property has a vulnerability to the cold and the tenant receives a lower to medium income,

Vulnerability to the cold can include living with someone with a medical condition, with someone over the age of 65 or under the age of 5.

Please note that grant funding may not cover the full cost of the work and a contribution from the landlord may be needed.

Our trained energy advisors can confirm all the criteria and eligibility over the phone, on 0800 783 2503 or leave an enquiry on www.actionsurrey.org/enquiries

Energy Efficiency Measure

ECO Funding Eligibility (where the measure & EPC rating are eligible the tenant must meet one of the above criteria)

Loft or Cavity Wall Insulation

EPC A-E rated properties are eligible for grant funding

Solid Wall Insulation

EPC A-G rated properties are eligible for grant funding

Replacement/Repair of Broken Heating

Not eligible in the PRS

First-time Central Heating

EPC A-E rated properties are eligible for grant funding

Properties with an EPC of an F and G eligible for renewable heating only

Where existing heating is electric storage heaters which are all inefficient or broken

Oil fuelled system will not qualify for funding

Inefficient Heating Replacements

EPC A-E rated properties are eligible for grant funding

EPC A-E rated properties are eligible for grant funding

Properties with an EPC of an F and G eligible for renewable heating only.

Coal and oil fuelled systems will not qualify.

Efficient Heating Replacements

Eligible where replaced by a renewable heating system

District Heating

EPC A-E rated properties are eligible for grant funding

Properties with an EPC of an F and G eligible for renewable heating only.